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New Antibodies to HIV Found

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Posted on Sep 3, 2009

A pair of powerful new antibodies to HIV has been found, possibly bringing us a step closer to a vaccine against AIDS. Although animal or human trials are likely to be years away, with this discovery researchers can work to find exactly how these antibodies bind to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The Wall Street Journal:

An international team of researchers has discovered a pair of powerful new antibodies to HIV, providing fresh leads in the quest for a vaccine against AIDS.

The two HIV antibodies, reported in a study to appear in the journal Science on Friday, are the first of their kind to have been identified in more than a decade. They are “broadly neutralizing,” which means they can target most of the many thousands of HIV strains.

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By RAE, September 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

What a great irony if it turns out that the eventual discovery of an effective AIDS vaccine leads directly to successful vaccines for other serious afflictions.

I hope we’ve come a long way from considering AIDS as the “gay disease” of the ignorant Reagan era when research funding was either rejected entirely or only grudgingly eeked out. Reagan died of Alzheimer’s dementia. What a delicious irony if the scientists now discover a vaccine, or even a cure, for Alzheimer’s as a direct result of discovering a vaccine for AIDS!

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By Lisa, September 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment
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After all these years, it will be a miracle to finally find a cure.

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By Robert, September 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment
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This comment as such is necessarily ignoring the discussing of the newly discovered antibodies, because I’m an ignorant lay person. 

I do own some common stock shares in Geovax, GOVX, which closed this afternoon at thirteen cents.

“Our” AIDS vaccine trials have been on-going for
at least two plus years, and reportedly is costing many millions of dollars.

Geovax is a for profit company, which apparently
leases laboratory space from Emory University.

The respected Emory University itself reportedly owns shares of Geovax, and that’s the reason why I decided to speculate in it.

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By Medical Science Fair Projects, September 4, 2009 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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What great news! I passed this news story on to my students working on medical science fair projects. We also talked about how AIDS research has evolved over the years. Does anyone know who is working on the development of the AIDS vaccine?

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By Nephelometer, September 4, 2009 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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This news will bring a big smile, not only to those who are infected but, to their loved ones as well. This means hope and added life. Kudos to the scientists who never stop finding solutions for this life threatening problems.

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