Florida Scientists Announce Anti-HIV Agent

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(CNN) Florida scientists are calling it a “remarkable new advance” against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have announced the creation of a drug candidate they say is so potent and universally effective, it might help the body stop, or neutralize HIV.

The study shows that certain proteins in the drug can bind to the virus and prevent it from entering cells in the body.

The scientists say the drug blocks HIV in monkeys, which could lead to an unconventional vaccine in humans.

The research involved scientists from more than a dozen research institutions.

It was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Read more from Scripps Research Institute HERE

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