Vaccine clears SIV in rhesus macaques

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Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is thought to cause permanent infection that may be controlled by antiretroviral therapies but not eliminated. A recent study, however, led by Louis Picker (Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton) showed immune clearance of highly pathogenic SIV infection in rhesus macaques (Nature doi:10.1038/nature12519; published online 11 September 2013). The results offer hope that a similar strategy may also be effective against HIV.

Lab Anim. (NY) 42, 203 (2013).
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