Beneficial bacteria may protect babies from HIV

Beneficial bacteria may protect babies from HIV

Researchers look to augment the bugs’ natural abundance to limit the likelihood at-risk babies will become infected

By Janet Raloff, 11:51 AM August 6, 2010

No one argues that when it comes to feeding baby, mom’s milk is best. But mothers infected with HIV, the AIDS virus, face a dilemma: Because some of their virus can be shed in breast milk, babies risk becoming infected as they drink it. Two research teams are now investigating a germ-warfare strategy to treat such vulnerable infants. 

They would supplement breast milk with HIV-quashing bacteria. These beneficial microbes can’t guarantee a child won’t become infected, but they could greatly...

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