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Mouse With Human-Like Immune System Could Advance AIDS Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University Study



7/19/2012 7:36:01 AM

One of the challenges to HIV vaccine development has been the lack of an animal model that accurately reflects the human immune response to the virus and how the virus evolves to evade that response. In the July 18 issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard report that a model created by transplanting elements of the human immune system into an immunodeficient mouse addresses these key issues and has the potential to reduce significantly the time and costs required to test candidate vaccines.

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