August 03, 2016

WRAL: Duke researchers make strides in finding HIV vaccine

By: WRAL News

DURHAM, N.C. — A research team led by Duke University scientists on Friday announced that it found clues in immune systems that could help develop an effective HIV vaccine.

The team at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute studied 100 people infected with HIV to find why some people with the virus are able to make desired antibodies to fight it, while a vaccine can't do the same. The findings were published Friday in the journal Science Immunology. 

The immune systems of half the people involved in the study were able to produce antibodies capable of neutralizing the virus, while the other half's immune system's could not.

In an earlier study, Dr. Barton Haynes, director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, studied people who had both HIV and a form of lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. The immune systems of people with both diseases were able to effectively combat HIV.

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