Gene Transfer Technology May Lead To HIV Vaccine

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  1. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    I've posted this in PRSI because I expect it could get moved here.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090517143224.htm

     
  2. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    That would be fantastic!!

    A vaccine against feline HIV has been around since 2002.
     
  3. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    But.... but... it'll give our children autism!!!
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Color me skeptical, but I'll believe it when I see it.
     
  5. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    Say the mothers who are feeding their children tuna fish every day. :p
     
  6. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    But... but... tuna fish is good for them! It has omega-3 fatty acids!!! RIGHT?!?!
     
  7. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    It's a lie by the fish companies to trick you into buying all the yummy mercury fish. ;)
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    THOSE BASTARDS!!!
     
  9. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    I feel a Southpark reference is needed... :D
     
  10. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    They poisoned our (plural noun)! YOU BASTARDS!
     
  11. leekohler macrumors G5

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    How did this turn into a South Park episode? Seriously, this is all you guys have to say?
     
  12. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    What is there to say? It's a possible HIV vaccine. Yay. That's good. There's really nothing to discuss or debate, is there?
     
  13. chrmjenkins thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's why we wait for our biologically minded members to comment on it to enlighten us on the issue.
     
  14. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    I am not a biologist, but I know enough of them to expect the answer will be, "LOTS of things seem very promising at this stage of research and then fall apart in human application. Ask me again in five years."
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Most likely. I just don't see this happening at all. I'm not optimistic for an effective vaccine.
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The reason is because an HIV vaccine will be unique - it must prevent infection. No other vaccine has this requirement.
     
  17. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Really? No other vaccine prevents infection? I'm a little in the dark about this stuff. Could you explain how that works?
     
  18. chrmjenkins thread starter macrumors 603

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    Other vaccines present the body with a weakened form of the virus they protect against. So, the virus is actually able to infect you in that it elicits a response from your immune system. You create antibodies for it so that when you actually do contract the disease, you have the antibodies to kill it.
     
  19. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I guess I thought the same thing would happen with HIV. How would that actually work?
     
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    The problem is that HIV attacks our immune system's cells, and mutates incredibly rapidly. That's the trouble with it. Any attempt to vaccinate would have to involve preventing the virus from getting inside our immune system's cells.
     
  21. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    Vaccines are administered to patients essentially to either establish or strengthen/booster an immune response to the desired invader (virus, bacteria, etc). It helps your immune system to (1) identify the invader, (2) destroy it, and (3) establish "memory" for it (ex. for a virus, remembering the surface/coat proteins). This way, when you're actually infected with the virus, instead of your immune system having to mount a response from scratch while the virus goes on its merry way through your body in the meantime, it's already prepared to go on the attack immediately.
     
  22. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I guess that's why I don't see any vaccine helping much at all. When you have a virus that mutates as quickly as HIV, how could you possibly make an effective vaccine?
     
  23. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    That's the million dollar question.

    And quite possibly a Nobel Prize.
     
  24. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I guess that's why I always take these things with a grain of salt. I just don't see this happening.
     

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