July 27, 2017

Cows may help researchers develop HIV vaccine

The bovine immune system shows an extraordinary ability to neutralize HIV and may help researchers develop a vaccine for humans, according to findings published in Nature.

Scientists say the unique digestive system of the bovine may play a role in their ability to produce broadly neutralizing antibodies in response to HIV in just a few weeks.

According to this Accelerated Article Preview in Nature, the animals involved in the study were Angus crossbred heifers and Holstein steers.

Information about the study also was reported in this BBC news article.

Source: Sigma Xi SmartBrief

Photo from Animal Science Image Gallery, Credit: Amy Radunz