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    Researchers Say Vaccine 'Completely Clears' AIDS Virus from Monkeys

    A scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow. (Credit: NIAID)A scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow. (Credit: NIAID)
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    A scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow. (Credit: NIAID)
    A scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow. (Credit: NIAID)

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    An experimental HIV/AIDS vaccine appears to have completely cleared a primate form of HIV from test monkeys. The primate version of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, causes AIDS in monkeys.

    Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University hope an HIV-form of the vaccine can soon be tested in humans.

    "To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly-publicized but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer,” said Louis Picker, M.D., associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. “This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body.”

    To develop the vaccine, scientists used cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population, and paired it with SIV. They found that a modified version of CMV engineered to express SIV proteins generates T-cells, a type of white blood cell, that are “capable of searching out and destroying SIV-infected cells.”

    About 50 percent of monkeys given highly pathogenic SIV after being vaccinated with this vaccine became infected with SIV, but over time eliminated all traces of SIV from the body.

    “Through this method we were able to teach the monkey's body to better 'prepare its defenses' to combat the disease," said Picker. “Our vaccine mobilized a T-cell response that was able to overtake the SIV invaders in 50 percent of the cases treated. Moreover, in those cases with a positive response, our testing suggests SIV was banished from the host. We are hopeful that pairing our modified CMV vector with HIV will lead to a similar result in humans.”

    The Picker lab is now investigating the possible reasons why only a subset of the animals treated had a positive response in hopes that the effectiveness of the proposed vaccine can be further increased.

    These research results were published online today by the journal Nature. The results will also appear in a future print version of the publication.

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    by: Dr. O'Connell from: USA
    September 13, 2013 9:46 AM
    NOTHING is cleared!!! If you haven’t yet realized the truth about how vaccines contain hidden cancer viruses, prepare yourself to be shocked by the admission you’re about to hear. Decades ago, one of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry — a Merck scientist — made a recording where he openly admitted that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses.

    In hearing this admission, his colleagues (who are also recorded here) break into laughter and seem to think it’s hilarious. They then suggest that because these vaccines are first tested in Russia, their side effects will help the U.S. win the Olympics because the Russian athletes will all be “loaded down with tumors.”

    For the record, this is the same vaccine that was given to tens of millions of Americans and promoted by the government. To this day, people still carry these hidden cancer viruses which have proven to be a boon to the cancer industry.

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