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Salmonella, HIV Study May Help Researchers Better Understand How to Target HIV Vaccine

April 26, 2010

"Research into a deadly link between salmonella and HIV shows that the AIDS virus damages the immune system in ways doctors did not previously understand, providing new clues for vaccine development," Reuters reports (Hirschler, 4/22). The study, appearing last week in the journal Science, found "Salmonella's ability to cause disease in HIV patients does not appear to stem from a weakened or ineffective immune system, but an overactive one that actively protects the bacteria," The Scientist reports (Akst, 4/22). "The discovery is important both for doctors trying to work out how to treat people with HIV and for developers of vaccines intended to protect HIV-positive patients against other infectious diseases," Reuters adds (4/22).

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