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Sat Sep 23, 2017, 05:11 PM

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.
It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.

The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi.
The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough". Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41351159

This could be very good news. I've had three friends who died of AIDS back in the day when there was no treatment except for AZT, and that killed more than a few before they figured out the dosage. Hopefully something comes of this.

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Response to Immacolata (Original post)

Sat Sep 23, 2017, 05:36 PM

1. Medical advances are mostly slow and incremental. Major breakthroughs are rare

However, there is clearly progress being made in many areas. While not a dramatic as that in cell phones, I suggest it is as least as important as $1000 cell phones

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 23, 2017, 06:03 PM

3. Great analogy!

Most people remember what they were doing when they heard Kennedy was shot - I also remember the day I first heard about HIV. They didn't call it that because they had no idea what it was. They called it "the gay cancer."

I unlocked the door to my apartment and walked in. We had people over and I walked into the living room. My roommate looked up at me - he had on a peach/orange colored shit and cut off shorts on and he said "Have you heard about the new gay cancer?" That picture is as clear as a bell in my mind. About 12 years after that he was dead. So many lives, over.

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Response to Immacolata (Original post)

Sat Sep 23, 2017, 06:02 PM

2. Good news indeed!

 

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