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Two Studies Among Monkeys Show Potential for New HIV Treatment

October 31, 2013

"Antibodies derived from the blood of HIV-infected people suppressed the virus in the blood of monkeys in two studies that suggest the experimental approach may improve AIDS therapy or point the way toward a cure," Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 10/30). "The two studies, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, involve the use of rare antibodies made by 10 percent to 20 percent of people with HIV that can neutralize a wide array of strains," Reuters notes (Steenhuysen, 10/30). "Two groups, from Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, performed the first trials of these antibodies," BBC News reports (Gallagher, 10/30). "The study results 'could revolutionize efforts to cure HIV' if the approach is found to work in people, said a commentary published Wednesday by the journal Nature along with the monkey studies," the Associated Press writes (Ritter, 10/30). According to Nature, "both teams plan to move their research into human trials" (Ledford, 10/30).

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Comment by: being human (Darnestown , MD) Tue., Nov. 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm EST
This is sad. There must be no new news so the government (NIH) is just recycling medical information as to look like they are working. This study was done from 1994 to 1998. The Skid mouse protocol.You can google it and the info is there for all to see. The paper was accepted in the Journal of Virology in 1999 and published in Feb 2000.Vol 74 # 4.pages 2023-2028.

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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm EST
ah. the xmen wolverine approach...lol.
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