Virtual Institute on Poverty Related Diseases

30 July 2019

Scripps Research Institute

Efforts to develop an effective HIV vaccine have repeatedly stumbled on one tough research strain, SIVmac239. Nicknamed the 'death star' strain, it has defeated multiple anti-HIV vaccine and antibody candidates, until now. Scientists have just beaten the 'death star' with a gene-therapy-style, nontraditional vaccine that prompts muscle cells to manufacture protective proteins.