Promising Target for AIDS Vaccine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Study Reveals  
4/1/2011 6:30:00 AM

ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2011) — A section of the AIDS virus's protein envelope once considered an improbable target for a vaccine now appears to be one of the most promising, new research by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists indicates. The section, a twisting strand of protein known as the V3 loop, is an attractive vaccine target because immune system antibodies aimed at the loop may offer protection against multiple genetic subtypes of HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS.