Monday, September 07, 2009

New Antibodies Found that Cripple HIV

New Antibodies Found that Cripple HIV
IAVI and affiliated researchers have discovered two powerful new antibodies to HIV that reveal what may be an Achilles heel on the virus. The findings are the result of a worldwide effort launched by IAVI in 2006 to find new antibodies that neutralize a wide variety of strains of HIV circulating in the world. The study was published in the journal Science.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the most mutable pathogen ever encountered by modern science. It changes at a furious rate, which helps it evade the body’s immune system. Today, countless variations of the virus infect people around the world. To be effective an AIDS vaccine would have to work against many versions of HIV.

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