Chinese Scientists Announces Breakthrough in AIDS Vaccine
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai announced a breakthrough in the search of a vaccine for the HIV virus. These scientists were the first in the world to use fruit fly cells in producing particles similar to HIV-1 virus which is the common strain of the HIV virus.
The scientists were able to successfully generate immunity of the virus in mice and hope that clinic trials on humans can begin within three years. The VLPs or Virus like particles looks like viruses but only non infectious since they don’t contain any viral genetic material. And so far the VLPs has been successfully been developed into vaccines that prevents infection from the hepatitis B virus and the human papilloma virus which causes cervical virus.
The leading scientist on the Chinese team said that the current methods of producing the HIV-1 VLPs still has its limitations, but he and his team have already developed a strategy in producing them using cells from the fruit fly. And mice injected with the HIV-1 VLP during laboratory tests have shown to develop and immunity to the HIV virus. The next step is to do the HIV-1 VLP test on monkeys and I the results are successful it can pave the way to clinical trials for humans.