Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Researchers believe an effective AIDS vaccine is still many years away.
"We have had some interesting results in the monkeys that show we can make an immune response,", Gallo said, noting potential progress on overcoming the problem of mutation of the virus.
But the antibodies produced in his experiments lasted only up to four months, which is far less than needed for an effective vaccine.
"We are making progress with a preventive vaccine, but we are not there yet," added Gallo, who discovered the AIDS virus with France's Luc Montagnier.
Earlier this week Europe's biggest drug maker GlaxoSmithKline Plc announced a plan to develop an experimental AIDS vaccine along with France's Institut Pasteur.
They intend to make the vaccine by fusing genes from HIV on to an existing vaccine for measles. Continued ...
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