Monkey HIV vaccine offers hope
May 12, 2011 |
It sounds like treating fire with fire, but researchers may have found a virus that could be used as a vaccine against HIV. They used a genetically modified version of a virus to combat the monkey equivalent of HIV. In half of the monkeys they tested the vaccine helped drive HIV down to undetectable levels for over a year.
The challenge now is for scientists to develop a version of the vaccine which is safe for humans.
This research appears in the 12 May 2011 issue of the journal Nature.
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