05 Jan '12, 5am

Experimental vaccine helped protect monkeys from HIV in US study, raising new hopes for a vaccine

Experimental vaccine helped protect monkeys from HIV in US study, raising new hopes for a vaccine

An experimental vaccine helped protect monkeys from an especially deadly form of the Aids virus, raising new hope for an effective vaccine in people, US researchers said on Wednesday. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG CHICAGO (REUTERS) - An experimental vaccine helped protect monkeys from an especially deadly form of the Aids virus, raising new hope for an effective vaccine in people, US researchers said on Wednesday. The vaccine reduced the risk of infection by 80 per cent among monkeys exposed to a primate version of the virus, while monkeys that became infected had lower amounts of the virus in their blood, the team reported in the journal Nature. 'It is an important advance in knowledge,' Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a telephone interview. Scientists are especially excited because the study helped identify a ...

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