In this commentary article, timed to precede the international microbicides conference held in London in March 2004, researchers Robin Shattock (United Kingdom) and Suniti Solomon (India) provide a brief overview of the scientific strategies being used in microbicides research and development.

Written for general readers with a scientific or medical background, the article contains some technical terms but also has a useful graphical illustration showing the targets of microbicide action. These include directly killing or immobilising HIV, and preventing cells that line the female genital tract from transporting the virus to deeper tissues in the body.


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