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Two AIDS-Resistant Antibodies Isolated

Two AIDS-Resistant Antibodies Isolated

United Press International

September 05, 2009

After years of research, scientists in California say they have isolated two antibodies that prevent human immunodeficiency virus from becoming full-blown AIDS.

The discovery could lead to a vaccine against AIDS, scientists at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla said.

Researchers collected blood samples from more than 1,800 people in Thailand, Australia and Africa who had been infected with HIV for at least three years without the infection developing into AIDS, Medpage reported Friday. Those people were deemed most likely to produce antibodies that interfere with the replication of the virus.

Two antibodies — named PG9 and PG16 — isolated from one African patient blocked about 75 percent of the 162 separate strains of HIV tested against it, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

“This is opening up a whole new area of science,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, head of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, which funded the research.

At least 33 million people worldwide are infected with AIDS, which has killed at least 25 million, the World Health Organization said.

© YellowBrix 2009


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  • Att3041931_max50

    dwright

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Now this is truly a miracle! I pray it works.

  • Pam_max50

    pamall321

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    For nurses and others who have cared for more HIV and AIDS patients, and shared in the sorrow of this terrible disease, I can pray that this is the beginning sof a true solution to this horrible disease.

  • Dscf0350_max50

    theala

    over 4 years ago

    418 comments

    Whoo hoo! Finally! I hope this find opens new doors to prevent the transmission of AIDS.

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