Two University of the Witwatersrand scientists have made major strides in the quest of finding a vaccine to prevent the HIV infection. The researchers, Maria Papathanasopoulos and Dr Penny Moore, will present a research lecture on their internationally recognised work at the University of the Witwatersrand on 26 November 2013.
Papathanasopoulos argues that, although condoms and male circumcision works to prevent HIV, about 1 000 South Africans are still infected every day.
The researchers believe scientists need to know how to make broadly neutralising (special) antibodies and give people the right kind of HIV protein that instructs the body on how to make these antibodies if they are to make an effective vaccine.
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