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Sept. 4, 2009 -- U.S. researchers have discovered two powerful new antibodies which could hold the key to achieving a viable AIDS vaccine, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
The antibodies are produced naturally by a minority of people infected with HIV and are able to neutralize a high percentage of the many types of the virus currently in circulation worldwide.
These are the first broadly neutralizing antibodies to have been identified in more than a decade and are the first from donors in developing countries, where 95 percent of new HIV infections occur.
Just four other broadly neutralizing antibodies have been discovered to date and they functioned by binding to places on the virus that have proven difficult to exploit.
"These new antibodies, which are more potent than other antibodies described to date... attach to a novel and potentially more accessible site on HIV to facilitate vaccine design," said Dennis Burton, scientific director of the vaccine initiative's California-based Neutralizing Antibody Center.
Originally posted by wayno
Yes, for sure good to hear. At the same time as Aids has proven impossible to cure in spite of all the money poured into research, there are those rare individuals who have managed some sort of natural immunity.
Exploiting that fact makes great sense.
Originally posted by Arrowmancer
But I have to ask my favorite question: Why?
There are much more effective ways to kill the population. Why go through all the trouble? Why make it publicly known? If the WHO has the power you seem to think they do, I'm absolutely certain they could make this little company disappear or at least make their ties to it vanish.