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  • cmegladon cmegladon Sep 4, 2009 10:08 AM Flag

    New way to attack AIDs - Vaccine being

    targeted ----this is actually interesting and potentially related.

    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox, Health And Science Editor – Thu Sep 3, 2:49 pm ET
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The discovery of immune system particles that attack the AIDS virus may finally open a way to make a vaccine that could protect people against the deadly and incurable infection, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

    They used new technology to troll through the blood of 1,800 people infected with the AIDS virus and identified two immune system compounds called antibodies that could neutralize the virus.

    And they found a new part of the virus that the antibodies attack, offering a new way to design a vaccine, they reported in the journal Science.

    "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," said Dennis Burton of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, who led the study.

    "The findings themselves are an exciting advance toward the goal of an effective AIDS vaccine because now we've got a new, potentially better target on HIV to focus our efforts for vaccine design," added Wayne Koff of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, or IAVI, which sponsored the study.

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