And now for a little good news for a change:
WASHINGTON, June 26—Researchers said Thursday they have figured out how a rare antibody sees past the disguises of the AIDS virus—a finding that may lead to a vaccine that will finally work against the killer microbe.
THE ANTIBODY, taken from a unusual patient whose body can resist the virus, recognizes and attacks the human immunodeficiency virus, unlike most of the body’s defenses.
“Nothing like this has ever been seen before,” Ian Wilson of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., who led the research, said in a statement.
No timeline on how long it will take to translate this discovery into a workable vaccine, but it’s a major accomplishment that may have applications to other hard to fight diseases beyond AIDS.