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Author Topic: I Can Haz Prophylactic Vaccine Breakthrough?  (Read 3014 times)

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Offline Matty the Damned

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I Can Haz Prophylactic Vaccine Breakthrough?
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:15:00 PM »
Some boffins from Melbourne have their horn rims all steamed up over this:

MELBOURNE University researchers have identified antibodies that fight HIV in a breakthrough that brings closer the ''holy grail'' of developing an effective vaccine against the virus.

A study of 100 people with HIV, recruited from The Alfred hospital and the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, showed the antibodies were so successful in suppressing the virus that it had to mutate around them.

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Professor Kent said his team studied blood samples of HIV-positive people and analysed how the antibodies (called antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity) targeted the virus.

''We were very surprised to see the virus was mutating around these antibodies,'' he said. ''As a result, the antibody isn't entirely successful in getting rid of the virus in people with HIV.

''But if you were to have those antibodies before you caught the virus and it started replicating - giving the immune system a head start - we think it would prevent the virus taking hold at all.''


Sounds like a whole load of nuffink to me, but you never know.

Raises another interesting question though, should research focus on prevention or cure?


Offline leatherman

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Re: I Can Haz Prophylactic Vaccine Breakthrough?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011, 06:41:24 PM »
Raises another interesting question though, should research focus on prevention or cure?
both - plus more treatment research.
Until a cure is found, we can use research into all three areas.
Before we have a cure, we can use better treatments and preventatives.
After a cure is found, we can still use preventatives too.
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Offline CaptCarl

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Re: I Can Haz Prophylactic Vaccine Breakthrough?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 09:27:26 AM »
I should think that research should focus on both, as the need for them is obvious.

My concern about this is whether it's a vaccine or cure, will it be priced so that it is actually affordable? Especially to places like Africa, where there are so many people who are devestatingly impoverished that they can afford almost nothing. It is all too easy to imagine that the wealthier countries would have access to these drugs while the countries mired in poverty get nothing. Much like it is with HAART today. I am afraid that the costwould be a kings ransom were a cure ever to be found.

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Offline tednlou2

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Re: I Can Haz Prophylactic Vaccine Breakthrough?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 02:34:07 AM »
I, too, think research should focus on both.  Researching both would more than likely lead to one, if not both, right? 


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