Nobel Prize winner Warns HIV Vaccine May Never Be Found

A Nobel laureate has claimed that a vaccine for the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) may never be found. According to David Baltimore, who is also the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the complexity of the disease mean that scientists are no closer to a cure today then when they discovered the link to HIV more than 25 years ago.

A biologist at the California Institute of Technology, Baltimore was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 1975 for discovering an enzyme that was later discovered to be the key reproductive mechanism used by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (or HIV). He led a panel of experts in 1986 who concluded that, given the complexity of the problem, a vaccine for AIDS was at least 10 years away. "I still think an AIDS vaccine is 10 years away," he said.

The latest disappointment came last year, after a trial of a promising vaccine produced by the pharmaceutical company Merck was stopped when some recipients became more prone to HIV.

"HIV has found ways to totally fool the immune system so we’ve go to do one better than nature because nature just doesn’t work in this circumstance," he said. "I don’t want to pretend that we have found the route to a new vaccine."

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