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This is the Ultimate Vaccine for HIV we are waiting for

Australian Scientists have reported significant progress in developing a vaccine against deadly HIV Infection. A team of researchers hailing from south Australia’s university of Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospital have used a common cold virus to introduce their DNA-based vaccine into the immune system of laboratory mice, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Branka Grubor-Bauk from the University of Adelaide said the team targeted the vaccine into areas where the HIV infection is most commonly found, and discovered that the testing achieved a "significant reduction" of infection rates in the mice.


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You need to get protection where your body encounters the virus first and you need to stop that virus from either entering, or you need to stop it from replicating and stop it from spreading.”Grubor - bauk said.

She further added “We are hoping our discovery is definitely pointing in the right direction”

The result is possible due to intense dedicated research carried out the by the team spanning 4 years. They were able to create this common cold virus that encoded proteins of HIV and when vaccinated in mice it was successful in creating immunity in mucosal surfaces.

She pointed out that the team made an important breakthrough, and it is vital to continue research towards a human vaccine for HIV infection.

The team administered the DNA vaccine intradermally (beneath the skin) similar to the influenza vaccine and was able to get systemic immunity through out the body.


The results of their research work as published in the Scientific Reports Journal.

(with IANS inputs)

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