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AIDS Vaccine News

Bill Gates, whom I increasingly believe may be remembered as the greatest man of my lifetime, will today announce a HIV vaccine trial in conjunction with the Canadian government. Gates said that he would be "very surprised" if there is no vaccine for AIDS in his lifetime. A glimmer of hope in the otherwise dim HIV vaccine outlook came a couple of days ago when a team at the NIH announced that they'd generated an atomic-level picture of a key portion of an HIV surface protein as it looks when bound to an infection-fighting antibody. This protein component to the virus appears vulnerable to attack from this antibody, called b12. The rather detailed science of the breakthrough is here.

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