Science Has Discovered an Antibody That Could Neutralize HIV

By: Mishal Omar - Nov 22, 2016
References: sciencealert & niaid.nih.gov
A scientific breakthrough has resulted in the identification of an antibody that could have a massive benefit for those impacted by the life-threatening lentivirus HIV.

The antibody was identified by the 'National Institutes of Health' and was found in an individual infected by HIV. The N6 antibody was able to neutralize 98 percent of the HIV strains that the scientists tested, potentially changing the way in which the deadly virus will be treated in the future. Antibodies are proteins that are produced by the body's immune system in response to bacteria and viruses and they are able to destroy them through neutralization or by signalling white blood cells. The N6 antibody was able to neutralize most of the 181 strains it came into contact with in testing.

This game-changing scientific discovery could work to enhance the treatment of people affected by this illness.