By Salynn Boyles
In the spring of 1997, then-president Bill Clinton called for an effective AIDS vaccine within a decade. Fourteen years and billions of research dollars later, a vaccine to prevent HIV infection remains an elusive goal.
International efforts to develop a useful HIV vaccine have proven disappointing, with failed clinical trials and dashed hopes. But a new study may represent an important break in the search.
Researchers with the Scripps Howard Research Institute and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) have identified 17 new antibodies with broad activity against HIV.