Modified HIV strain to enable research

03/4/2009 | Reuters

Scientists have created a genetically engineered strain of HIV that can infect and proliferate in monkeys, enabling them to test a future AIDS vaccine on the animals. The simian-tropic HIV-1 strain, while not identical to the human virus, will allow scientists to create a simian vaccine, then "make the leap of faith that the same approach would work equivalently in humans," one of the researchers said.

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