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Monday, May 02, 2005

Ticksy Virus 

HIV is an exceedingly tricky virus, which has thusfar evaded all medical* attempts to curb its spread and progress after infection. New research from Duke Medical Center indicates that we may have been chasing our own tails in vaccine attempts: antibodies produced by putative vaccines seem to be activating a type of immune response inhibited in normal people, but malfunctioned in autoimmune diseases. The good news here casts a wide net: not only might this lead to better HIV treatments and possibly a vaccine, but it may in turn play a role in better treating autoimmune disorders. Yay synergy.

* Nonmedical prevention attempts such as contraception and avoidance programs, on the other hand, have been stymied by humans such as The Preznit and The Pope.

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