fighting drug could work as an AIDS vaccine

February 18, 2015 7:52 PM

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fighting drug could work as an AIDS vaccine

The anti-HIV agent, eCD4-Ig, has been tested on macaque monkeys who when vaccinated with the drug were able to withstand heavy, repeated doses the animal version of the AIDS virus called SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus). In lab tests, the drug was able to block every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV.

The drug's promise was detailed this week in the journal Nature -- the culmination of several years of research by a dozen scientific institutions.

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