Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 05/25/06 Miles Cloyd has studied the virus that causes AIDS for more than 20 years. Often chafing at conventional wisdom, his ideas were not always popular. Yet one of the University of Texas Medical Branch researcher’s most controversial theories — that some people seem able to repress or even eradicate the HIV virus after infection — is gaining converts. To find out why HIV infection can, in scientific terms, be “transient,” Cloyd has joined a team of Houston researchers including renowned virologist Palmer Beasley — whose groundbreaking work led to a Hepatitis-B vaccine — at the University of Texas Health Science Center. They say they believe this research could unlock some secrets about how the body’s immune system reacts to the virus, which could shorten the path to an HIV vaccine.