Will there ever be a Vaccine to HIV?
Naomi Gayle Housman
nhousma at EMORY.EDU
Mon Feb 27 04:44:15 EST 1995
Dear M.C. Bean et al:
Unfortunately I would have to agree with your assessment with regards to
the development of a prophyllactic HIV-1 vaccine. I don't think it will
work for similar reasons that you have already outlined. However, there
is a slim, albeit very slim, chance that we may be able to generate an
effective vaccine that will protect fetuses from becoming infected in
utero by generating a vaccine that ellicits an effective immune response
inside the pregnant mother before transimssion. This is a tall order for
the best of science to fill but it still remains possible.
I think this virus is proving to be extremely wiley and obstinate in its
incessant march towards its goal- more of itself and less of us.
Yours in Hope,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA USA
On 26 Feb 1995, M.C. Bean wrote:
> I am a final year student of microbiology at the University of Leeds and i am
> co-ordinating research for a forcoming debate on HIV in our medical
> microbiology class. The motion that we are debating is "This house believes
> that there will never be a vaccine for HIV. The group which I am working for
> is in favour of the motion (randomly allocated). We have already come up with
> the rate of HIV mutation and consequent antigenic variation, the
> transmissability of HIV cell to cell which can shield it from the serum
> antibodies and some stuff about the presentation of epitopes to T-cytotoxic
> cells that we are still trying to understand.
> Does anybody out there have any opinions of there own on this subject that
> they would like to discuss or any suggestions for lines of research which we
> could follow from here?
> Thanks in advance
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