There is a promising new breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. At the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, scientists have identified a genetic link that may neutralize HIV in the early stages of infection. They have found a gene in mice that they believe can influence the production of antibodies that can attack the AIDS virus. So now, researchers are changing their focus and plan to spend the next year testing a new approach to fighting HIV.
Dr. Warner Greene, M.D., Ph.D., of the Gladstone Institute, says, "...maybe now individuals can mount very effective neutralizing antibodies that could check the virus at a much earlier point and contain the virus far more effectively following initial infection".
Scientists are hopeful that this new research could help them develop new drugs and vaccines to help people fight off the AIDS virus. Even though that might be years away, researchers are optimistic that the discoveries made in this lab could one day play a major role in helping protect people against a virus that has already infected more than three million people worldwide.