Light Shed on AIDS Vaccine

Source: Wall Street Journal | Page: A3

By: McKay, Betsy


A new study in the journal Nature describes how HIV and powerful proteins known as broadly neutralizing antibodies evolve in the body. The study shows the back and forth of the virus and antibodies over time. For their study, the researchers focused on more than three years’ worth of blood samples from a recently infected patient in Africa. The findings could aid in the development of a vaccine that imitates the antibodies’ evolution and protects against HIV. Dr. Barton Haynes, a leader of the research and director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University, said: “We have a full blueprint now for how those antibodies were made.”

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