New Delhi: 19th August 2011
Scientists have isolated the most powerful broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against HIV so far — a major step towards finding an effective vaccine against the deadly virus. Capable of fighting a broad spectrum of variants of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, some of the 17 antibodies discovered jointly by The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Scripps Research Institute blocked HIV infection of cells as much as 10 to 100 times as potently as the previously discovered bNAbs. These HIV neutralizing antibodies are produced naturally by a minority infected with HIV, but who show no symptoms.
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