Scientists lose hope over AIDS vaccine

Apr 25, 2008

A survey of leading U.S. and British AIDS researchers said many scientists see little hope of an effective vaccine against HIV in the near future.

Just two of the 35 scientists surveyed said they were more optimistic about the prospects for an HIV vaccine than they were a year ago, while only four said they were more optimistic now than they were five years ago, the survey by Britain's Independent newspaper said.

The survey found that nearly two-thirds believed an HIV vaccine will not be developed within the next 10 years. Some of the scientists said it may take at least 20 more years of research.

Researchers said the direction of AIDS research needs to change after the failure last year of a promising prototype vaccine used as an animal model for more than a decade. AIDS researcher Robert Gallo told the newspaper the vaccine's failure is similar to the Challenger disaster that forced the space agency to ground its space shuttle fleet for years.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Latent HIV may lurk in 'quiet' immune cells, research suggests

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

The year ahead in science

Jan 05, 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.

Recommended for you

HIV testing yields diagnoses in Kenya but few seek care

Jan 29, 2015

Between December 2009 and February 2011, health workers with the AMPATH Consortium sought to test and counsel every adult resident in the Bunyala subcounty of Kenya for HIV. A study in the journal Lancet HIV reports that the campaign yielded more than 1,300 new positive diagnoses, but few of those new ...

The adaptability of pathogens

Jan 28, 2015

Drug-resistant HIV viruses can spread rapidly. This is the conclusion of a study conducted as part of the SWISS HIV Cohort Study, which is supported by the SNSF. Only the continuous introduction of new drugs can stop the ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Oigen
not rated yet May 11, 2008
Everything is on the table, Dr. Fauci said at the one-day meeting in the big rethink after the latest multimillion dollar vaccine failure,,,, Yeah. Like maybe they have been chasing a ghost, that HIV is nothing more than scrap protein, an effect of common afflictions rather than a cause.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.