AIDS Vaccine: Llamas to the Rescue?
The llama is a gentle and lovable South American relative of the camel, though the llama does not have a hump. These sturdy creatures are domestic animals used by the people of the Andes Mountains and now may hold the clues to a vaccine against HIV.
New research has shown that the antibodies found in the llamas’ immune system have an astonishing ability to defeat at least 60 strains of the virus and may hold the secret to produce human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccines and cure acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), which kills more than two million people every year.
There currently are 1.2 million infected people in the U.S, while on the globe there is 33 million individuals who suffer from this affliction. This new research may very well be a major step forward in curing AIDS.
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