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AIDS Vaccines Show Promise After Years of Frustration

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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1686-1688
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1686

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-- The most surprising message from a major international AIDS meeting here last month is that vaccine research is heating up, although many obstacles remain. In session after session, AIDS researchers reported results from novel vaccine experiments that have worked to various degrees in monkeys. They range from clever new ways to make potent antibodies aimed at preventing HIV from infecting cells to new strategies to crank up the so-called cell-mediated arm of the immune system, which clears cells that HIV manages to infect.