Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

How Are Cows Helping In The Fight Against HIV?

One News Page Staff Monday, 24 July 2017
How Are Cows Helping In The Fight Against HIV?by 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

HIV and AIDS have long been feared – it’s thought that we are still in the middle of an epidemic with the disease, with over 34 million people thought to be living with HIV at present, and with around 35 million people having been killed by the virus since the spread was first recorded. It is a disease which has been widely spread through sexual intercourse and blood sharing, leading to widespread campaigns worldwide to encourage safe sex and needle use to prevent a rising mortality rate. All things considered, however, medical advances have now allowed people who are considered HIV-positive to live long and relatively healthy lives without it mutating into AIDS – whereby sufferers become incredibly susceptible to even the slightest of illness. It is thought that an effective cure, or treatment, may be on the horizon sooner than many thought – and this week, it appears that another breakthrough is being trialed.

Cows are currently being tested due to their unique antibodies – which, generally, react incredibly strongly against the threat of even the slightest of illnesses. HIV is notoriously difficult to fight against – as it has appeared that sufferers lack the antibody resistance to prevent the virus from getting any further. This is the main issue, it seems, that vaccine researchers are tackling – though it is being reported that cows injected with an artificial antibody created to attack HIV are building incredible defenses in very short spaces of time.

Bovines cannot contract HIV, however, their antibody structure and famous defense against illness is being used to test out antibodies created to defend against HIV in human patients. It’s thought that it took just two months for HIV antibodies to form and solidify against a potential attack – which is, of course, incredible news for those aiming to push a vaccine through which will hopefully allow health services to turn the fight around.

This research continues to be hugely important in helping researchers to understand exactly how antibodies are created, and what it takes for an immune system to get ready to fight off intruding disease. While we already have vaccines and treatments in place to ward off illnesses that killed our ancestors centuries ago, we are still a way off destroying HIV for good – though there does seem to be an encouraging chance that we may see a vaccine produced and the tide turned during our lifetime.

Credit: Reuters - Next Media - Published < > Embed
News video: Cows' antibodies can effectively defend against HIV

▶ Cows' antibodies can effectively defend against HIV 00:35

U.S. government-funded HIV research in cattle may hold promise for future HIV treatments.

You Might Like

Recent related videos from verified sources

HIV Research Shows Undetectable Means Untransmittable [Video]HIV Research Shows Undetectable Means Untransmittable 01:02

According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the consistent use of antiretroviral therapy can successfully prevent the transmission of HIV. UPI reports that the new study conducted by..

Credit: Wochit - Published

To Identify HIV/AIDS Carriers In Vietnam, Community Approach Works Best [Video]To Identify HIV/AIDS Carriers In Vietnam, Community Approach Works Best 00:48

Researchers in Vietnam looking to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS are feeling upbeat. According to UPI, results of a new study show 'community based testing' successfully ID's HIV carriers. The method of..

Credit: Wochit - Published

Activist and 'Hamilton' Actor Javier Muñoz on Living with HIV in 2018 [Video]Activist and 'Hamilton' Actor Javier Muñoz on Living with HIV in 2018 06:03

'Anyone living with HIV has dignity and worth equal to everyone else on this planet.' — Javier Muñoz is sharing his story to let others with HIV know they’re not alone. This video, "Activist and..

Credit: NowThis News - Published

Zimbabwe's economic crisis poses challenge to fighting AIDS [Video]Zimbabwe's economic crisis poses challenge to fighting AIDS 01:44

In Zimbabwe, a cash crisis has led to shortages of essential drugs and stocks and doctors worry that HIV patients unable to access their medicine consistently will develop drug-resistant strains.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO - Published

U.S. Officials Suggest Daily Use Of PrEP To Prevent HIV [Video]U.S. Officials Suggest Daily Use Of PrEP To Prevent HIV 00:44

U.S. health officials have recommended the daily use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, pills to curb the spread of HIV. Preventive Services Task Force announced Tuesday that regular use of PrEP can..

Credit: Wochit News - Published

Tweets about this

Other recent news in Science

Researchers develop new zoning tool that provides global topographic datasets in MINUTESPound holds its ground after May's BREXIT battering
Giant ice disk appears in PRESUMPSCOT RIVER, WestbrookRUSSIA loses control of its only space telescope
•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest