Experts hopeful for HIV vaccine
File photo: In science it is generally accepted that HIV is a descendant of SIV, which originated in monkeys, but became HIV in humans. Barcelona - A prophylactic vaccine, which cured monkeys of an HIV and Aids-like illness – simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) – has given a ray of hope in finding an HIV vaccine. In a study, which was conducted by US scientists, early results have shown that inoculating monkeys with a vaccine that contained traces of the virus not only gave them 50 percent protection, the vaccine also had the potential of protecting them against TB.
The study was the first proof that the Aids-causing virus could be eliminated. After they were inoculated with SIV-protein-expressing rhesus cytomegalovirus (RhCMV/SIV) vectors, monkeys were later exposed to SIV.
Researchers later discovered that half of those that were inoculated were cleared of detectable infection within the first two or three years after infection.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories