31 October 2013

Swarms of antibodies could control HIV

Two new studies suggest that doctors may one day be able to control a patient's HIV infection by injecting swarms of germ-fighting antibodies.

Anti-bodies are proteins in the blood that grab onto specific germs and mark them for elimination. People infected with HIV naturally make antibodies to fight the AIDS virus, but they are generally ineffective. The two new studies used lab-made versions of rare anti-bodies with unusual potency against HIV.


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