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It’s Been Proven; Cows Hold The Cure To HIV

Published on 22 July, 2017 at 9:26 pm By

Scientists in the US have proven that cows develop antibodies to fight HIV virus.

Researchers at Scripps Institute of Technology, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Texas A&M have found that cows hold the cure to HIV. When cows were injected with the HIV virus, they quickly developed antibodies which killed the virus.

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The team injected four calves with HIV immunogens, a protein which is designed to elicit an immune response to the virus. They discovered that the calves quickly developed bNAbs to HIV in their blood. bNAb is a neutralizing antibody that defends a cell from from an antigen.

Devin Sok, director of antibody discovery and development at IAVI, commented,

I was shocked. It was really crazy and very exciting. The responses developed very quickly — between one to two months — which is well beyond what we anticipated.

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Following the revelation, the team isolated antibodies from the calves to take a closer look. The antibody, now named NC-Cow 1, was found to be specifically powerful while neutralizing the virus. Fauci, a team member, said,


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The kind of insight we get from studying this is an understanding of the mechanisms whereby the cows’ immune system is capable of creating these antibodies.

This discovery has created a massive stir in the medical world where scientists believe that understanding how the immune system works to defend itself from foreign bodies by developing antibodies, even in cows, is a remarkable leap. With this discovery, scientists are hoping to develop a vaccine or a cure to the deadly HIV infection in humans. It will also help develop new therapies or treatments for viruses that evade the human immune system.


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