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26 Feb 2004 12:37
Estimated worldwide HIV infections: 56 172 549 at noon on Thursday February 26 2004.
Scientists have discovered a protein in monkeys that can block infection by the virus that causes Aids.
The team, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the United States, hope their work could lead to new ways to prevent humans being infected with HIV.
They believe a similar molecule, known to exist in humans, might have the potential to stop HIV in its tracks.
Dr Anthony Fauci, of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded the study, said: ‘Identification of this HIV-blocking factor opens new avenues for intervening in the early stage of HIV infection, before the virus can gain a toehold.”
Professor Frances Gotch, an expert in HIV at Imperial College London, said: ‘This is not a cure for Aids, but I could imagine it leading to a prophylactic treatment.”
Source: BBC News Online
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