New Hope for AIDS Vaccine?

New hope for AIDS vaccine?

The discovery of antibodies that bind to a hitherto unknown "weak spot" on HIV has revived hopes that a potent vaccine is within reach.

Now that the weak spot – common to many strains – has been discovered, researchers can aim for vaccines that trick people into making their own antibodies to target it.

"It's the discovery of the target that's the key thing," says Wayne Koff, senior vice president of research and development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York, and a key member of the team reporting the breakthrough.

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