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April 29, 2016
Antibody shields monkeys from 'HIV' for months: study
Paris (AFP) April 27, 2016
Just one shot of a lab-produced antibody protected macaques against a sort of monkey HIV for nearly six months, said a study Wednesday into a potential vaccine alternative. Exposed to simian HIV (SHIV) once a week, non-treated monkeys contracted the virus after just three weeks on average, the researchers said, whereas the trial monkeys remained virus-free for up to 23 weeks. In human populations at high risk of contracting the AIDS-causing virus, such protection, even temporary, "could have a p ... read more

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