Antibodies show progress against HIV

Proteins suppress disease in monkeys, but don’t cure it

By Nathan Seppa, 14:26 PM October 24, 2013

Antibodies that latch onto viral proteins can suppress HIV-like disease in rhesus macaques for weeks or even months, researchers report October 30 in two studies in Nature. Such antibodies, patterned after ones made in rare people who are able to hold HIV infection in check, might someday benefit other patients chronically infected with HIV, say the research teams. The antibodies are broadly neutralizing, meaning they can hit diverse forms of the virus. That makes them more potent than antibo...

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