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HIV vaccine breakthrough?

A team of scientists at the Center for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) found that two South African women infected with HIV were able to produce antibodies that neutralized and killed 88% of known strains of the virus.

Penny Moore, one of the lead scientists of the study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine, said: ‘We're hoping we can use this information to develop a vaccine that prompts the body's immune system to make broadly neutralising antibodies’.

The women studied by CAPRISA for several years were able to produce ‘broadly neutralizing antibodies’, which can kill a wide range of the HIV virus, across different individuals and overcoming regional variations.

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