By Monte Morin
An effective vaccine for HIV has eluded researchers for several decades, because of the pathogen’s infamous shape-shifting abilities.
Even though researchers have identified certain broadly neutralizing antibodies that can conquer multiple strains of the human immunodeficiency virus, many strains of rapidly mutating HIV remain resistant to these super antibodies.
In recent years, however, researchers have proposed using gene therapy in a new method of battling the virus.
Instead of using a vaccine to stimulate the body’s own immune system so that it produces HIV antibodies, scientists are bypassing the immune system entirely.
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