Archive for October 16th, 2008

HIV Vaccine Tests on Non-Human Primates Spark Debate

The immunodeficiency virus, or IV, only affects primates.  However, some species of primates have the ability to live with IV without progressing to AIDS-like illness like those experienced by rhesus macaques and humans.  This is the reason why researchers at this year’s international AIDS Vaccine Conference are debating whether or not should clinical trials for an AIDS vaccine be conducted on macaques.People who approve of the idea said that the simian immunodeficiency virus infection in macaqu…