New HIV Vaccine Trial Shows Extreme Promise

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A small, phase 1 trial testing a new HIV vaccine delivered positive results in 97 percent of recipients.The vaccine was created from an engineered version of a protein within the HIV virus.

This particle, according to an article on Science Alert, was designed to get the body ready to produce the neutralizing antibodies thought to be critical for HIV immunity.Forty-eight participants received either the vaccine or a placebo, while 35 of the 36 dosed with the vaccine showed an activation of antibody precursor B cells that could pave the way to immunity.The results of the study were published in the academic journal Science alongside World AIDS Day.

The study was first announced in 2021 and was co-run by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Scripps Research.William Schief, an author from the study and a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research, said, “There’s only a few patches on the surface of the HIV spike that remain the same or relatively the same across different isolates.

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