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Failed AIDS Vaccine Leads to Renewed Scientific Effort

July 24, 2008

A new AIDS vaccine failed to prevent infection, but scientists say they aren't giving up on their search.

Officials from the HIV and AIDS Research Center in Charlottesville say progress has been made, just not as quickly as people had hoped.

A recent test of the vaccine on humans found that the shot actually made people more susceptible to the infection.

However, it's not all bad news. Adam Thompson says the testing does give scientists a better understanding of viruses.

Thompson of the HIV/Aids Research Center in Charlottesville said, "We're learning more. Not just about HIV, but about humans in general. So the research that's coming out of this, they're hoping, is not only going to impact people as far as HIV goes, but will impact people as far as viruses in general."

Thompson also said that federally funded groups like the National Institute of Health need to partner with private drug companies in order to keep making progress.

And as early as this year, a new drug used to treat AIDS was the most complex chemical substance ever made.


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