Monkey vs. AIDS

February 17, 2011 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

GRA Eminent Scholar Guido Silvestri, M.D., and his colleagues at Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center are looking to sooty mangabeys to understand better the immune system’s response to HIV infection.  

When SIV, a simian form of HIV, infects these Old World monkeys, the virus’s attacks on the immune system don’t cripple it as an HIV infection does in humans.  The researchers believe that sooty mangabees and other non-human primates are key to understanding why HIV causes AIDS in humans — ultimately bringing us closer to a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.  Read more here >

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