And, more to the point, "Somewhere inside (elite controllers) there is a recipe for the end of the epidemic," as told to Sabin Russell of the San Francisco Chronicle in his Toronto coverage of the IAC on August 17, 2006, "Infected 'Elite Controllers' May Hold Clues to Checking Virus With Immune System". [*The difference between 'Elite Controllers' and Viremic Controllers is how much virus is circulating in the blood; for example, an 'elite controller' is one who has fewer than 50 particles (of virus) in each milliliter of blood.]
During an interview at the IAC with Sabin Russell of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dr. Deeks says "We want to see if the virus is unique, damaged, crippled or cannot replicate.
Dr. Deeks continues to study the genetic fingerprints of the viru(ses), painstakingly recovered from elite controllers, to see if there are 'weaknesses or flaws in the viral strains that infected these fortunate patients.' (San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Sabin Russell
, August 17, 2006, 'Common Thread Sought Where HIV is Undetectable - Infected 'Elite Controllers' May Hold Clues to Checking Virus with Immune System".)
It is interesting to note that in the same interview, Mr. Russell
writes that "in November, Dr. Deeks and his team of researchers reported in the Journal of Virology
that a group of elite controllers he included in a study had unusual concentrations of highly specialized CD4 cells that appeared to be toxic to HIV.