Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hope on the HIV/AIDS Front

The Wall Street Journal reports today about the recent discovery of three powerful antibodies, one of which "neutralizes 91% of HIV strains." This is the biggest development yet in the quest for an AIDS vaccine.

A 60-year-old African-American gay man provided 25 million of his cells for screening, from which 12 (!) were located that produced the antibodies. Talk about a needle in a haystack.

Now the trick is to see if there's a way to produce these cells on a massive scale so that other bodies can produce them.

I'm in the mood for good news today. I'm glad I came across this article!

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