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Daily WOW: We’re not that far from an HIV vaccine

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The Daily Catch - published on 11/17/16

Scientists researching the treatment of HIV have discovered a new antibody called N6 that has been shown to be 98% effective at destroying the elusive HIV pathogens.

Researchers from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the antibody, called NG, was able to maintain its ability to recognize the HIV virus, even as the virus morphed and broke away from it. It’s also up to 10 times more potent than VRC01 – an antibody in the same class as N6, which has progressed to phase II clinical trials in human patients, after protecting monkeys against HIV for nearly six months. “The discovery and characterization of this antibody with exceptional breadth and potency against HIV provides an important new lead for the development of strategies to prevent and treat HIV infection,” said Anthony S. Fauci from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

While there is still a ways to go, this is yet another step toward curing one of the worst diseases of our time.

Cheers to the medical researchers who work constantly toward ending disease in the world. We wish you all the success in hopes of a disease-free tomorrow.

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