Application Built by J2 Supports Innovative Research into Elite Controllers

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, October 20, 2009 — At the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, immunology researchers are studying “elite controllers”—patients who contract the HIV virus, but show a natural ability to avoid developing AIDS—to understand how their immune systems are so successful at fighting the disease. Their findings may ultimately lead to new HIV drugs, or even a vaccine, for the general population.

In collaboration with J2 Interactive, the Ragon Institute has developed a comprehensive database of anonymized demographic and genetic data for HIV patients from around the world. A web application built by J2 allows Ragon Institute staff to identify patients with particular demographic or genetic attributes, track blood samples, conduct assays, and analyze the results over time.

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