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Experimental Potential HIV Vaccine Proves Promising In Monkeys
2012-01-05 10:02:23

An experimental vaccine tested in rhesus monkeys helped protect them from getting infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) -- the primate version of HIV and AIDS -- and appears to make the disease more manageable in those who aren´t protected, researchers reported on Wednesday. The vaccine reduced the risk of infection by 80 percent among the monkeys exposed to SIV, while monkeys that became infected had lower amounts of the virus in their blood, the research team reported in...

2010-06-07 09:06:00

BOSTON, and MELBOURNE, Australia, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Opal Therapeutics Inc. (Opal) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have entered into a joint development collaboration agreement to develop a novel immunotherapy to treat HIV. Human clinical trials for this new therapy will commence in London this week. Leading the collaboration for MGH are Drs. Philip Goulder and Bruce D. Walker. Dr. Walker is the director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, professor of...

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2010-05-06 09:10:00

A new finding from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard may have implications for designing an effective AIDS vaccine. When people become infected by HIV, it's usually only a matter of time, barring drug intervention, until they develop full-blown AIDS. However, a small number of people exposed to the virus progress very slowly to AIDS "” and some never develop the disease at all. In the late 1990s, researchers showed that a very high percentage of those naturally HIV-immune...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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