The Genomics of HIV and Cancer

“Everybody’s virus was sequenced and then the relation between that sequence and the responsiveness to drugs was built, which then allowed to us to build regiments that had higher likelihood of success and then in a short period of time that disease was taken from a death sentence into a chronic disease. So this revolution in many respects is happening in the cancer arena right now. Now of course, cancer is more complex; it is a eukaryotic cell, it has a genome that’s roughly 1,500 to 2,000 times the size of the HIV virus, but all of the same things are going on.” – Michael Varney