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Could cows be the vaccine factories of the future? STAT News

MRC member charity the Scripps Research Institute is making strides in a new HIV study. Read the story below:

“Famously, the word vaccine comes from the Latin word for cow — a namesake that traces back to the late 1700s.

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Now cows are once again at the cutting edge of vaccine science. Thanks to a quirk of how cows make antibodies, they are helping researchers understand human immunity. Someday, cows could serve as testing grounds for whether vaccines are well-designed. And it’s possible that cow antibodies could treat everything from autoimmunity to infectious disease.

new study on HIV by scientists at Scripps Research Institute explores these possibilities. Cows don’t get HIV, but, when injected with viral proteins, produce antibodies that block HIV infection. The results, which were reported Thursday in Nature, are part of a larger effort to make the first HIV vaccine.

Click here to read the full article by Jonathan Wosen, STAT News.