Scientists Move Closer to Future AIDS Vaccine

September 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Researchers have discovered two new powerful antibodies that attack the AIDS virus, which may one day finally lead to the development of a vaccine to protect the population from becoming infected with the deadly virus.

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, screened the blood of 1,800 patients infected with the AIDS virus and discovered two antibodies that have not been previously identified.

What may even be a more important discovery; is the discovery of a part of the complex and mutable virus that the new antibodies are able to attack and neutralize. This research could lead to the development of an AIDS vaccine.

Lead researcher Dennis Burton said, “So now we may have a better chance of designing a vaccine that will elicit such broadly neutralizing antibodies, which we think are key to successful vaccine development.”

Scientists have been stymied for years in their efforts to formulate a vaccine for the AIDS virus, because it mutates from person to person and also attacks the immune system itself.

The two new antibodies, called PG9 and PG16 are the are the first new AIDS virus antibodies found in more than 10 years. Of the 1,800 AIDS patients screened, about 10 percent carried strong antibodies.

Since the AIDS virus appeared in the 1980s, more than 25 million people around the world have died from the virus. The World Health Organization estimates that 33 million are currently infected with the virus.



3 Responses to “Scientists Move Closer to Future AIDS Vaccine”

  1. Chrystal K. on September 4th, 2009 6:21 pm

    I really hope this can develop.

  2. Lisa Stone on September 4th, 2009 11:23 pm

    After all these years, it will be a miracle to finally find a cure.

  3. Erin on September 5th, 2009 3:16 pm

    Well, any step closer is closer, so this should be good news. Though there are many skeptics out there on this new finding, I think if anything it gives hope to those that have the virus that there might be an answer, and to the health professionals that they might actually be able to actually do something to treat it.

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