Sunday, December 06, 2009

HIV vaccine failure probably caused by virus used, says new research

The recent failure of an HIV vaccine was probably caused by the immune system reacting to the virus 'shell' used to transmit the therapy around the body, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

PhysOrg reports:
The trial, called 'STEP', was halted in September 2007 because preliminary results suggested that people who had been given the vaccine were more likely to be infected with HIV than people who had been given a placebo.
The researchers behind today's study, from Imperial College London, King's College London and Royal Holloway, University of London, say their findings mean scientists may have to rethink other vaccines they are developing for diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, which are delivered in the same way, using the same virus 'shell'. READ MORE