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A vaccine designed to tackle Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), the monkey equivalent of HIV, may have successfully cleared the virus from infected animals. This bodes well for the road ahead for a viable HIV vaccine.

A study published in the Science journal Nature showed that of the 16 monkeys that were exposed to the virus who were subsequently injected with the vaccine, nine appeared to have cleared their body of the disease.

In the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, US researchers are now hoping to use a similar approach to test for a vaccine equivalent in humans. The strain of virus called SIVmac239 which the team examined is up to 100 times more deadly than HIV.

US researchers from the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University are now hoping to use a similar approach to test for a vaccine equivalent in humans. The team examined a strain of the virus called SIVmac239, which is up to 100 times more deadly than HIV. Research is still ongoing to determine why the vaccine was only successful in nine monkeys. One reason could be because the SIV is extremely pathogenic. Clinical human trials could start within two years if the vaccine is approved and if permission from regulatory bodies is granted.

It was previously thought that both the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses could be managed with antiretroviral therapies, but not eradicated.

Separately this week, researchers from University of Western Ontario in Canada made a big leap by passing the Phase I HIV vaccine clinical trial applied on humans.




 

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Posted by lawnetus Icon
Posted on 15/09/2013, 04:18 PM
Good news! Baby steps but still progress nonetheless :-)!
Posted by suuzam Icon
Posted on 18/09/2013, 11:21 AM
The challenge will be on the next stage: vaccine trials on human.
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