Scientists have worked out how to set the stage for the human immune system to be able to fight HIV, a revelation that could lead to the first-ever vaccine against the virus. The human immune system isn’t very good at making the antibodies needed to fight HIV, and even when it does, the rest of the immune system sees these infection fighters as threats themselves, and shuts down their production. But now scientists at Duke University have cracked a part of the puzzle. In animal experiments, the team has shown ‘proof of concept’ that they can hack the immune system and convince it to make the necessary antibody – paving the way toward a vaccine. The human immune system doesn’t ‘like’ to create antibodies against the HIV virus (gray) – but scientists at Duke University and Boston Children’s Hospital have changed that in mice (file) In February, President Trump announced a plan to end the HIV epidemic in the US by 2030. There are about 1.1 million people living with HIV in the US, and new cases are still diagnosed each year. In 2016 – the year of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) data – some 38,700 Americans infected… Read full this story
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