WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a new vaccine that partially protects monkeys from an infection much similar to HIV, a breakthrough which they say could be a new weapon in the battle against AIDS.
Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine found that rhesus monkeys which received the new vaccine were 80 to 83 per cent less likely to get infected with the Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a virus which is closely related to HIV, when exposed to it. Researchers often study the effects of an SIV vaccine in monkeys as a way to understand how to develop an HIV vaccine in humans. The research is published in the journal Nature. IANS