Stalking a Killer: The Search for an AIDS Vaccine
Broadcast: December 18th, 2011
This report tells the story of a team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California that has been working on an AIDS vaccine for the past 20 years. They are looking for what are called “broadly neutralizing antibodies” that can stimulate the immune system studying people who are infected with the virus but never develop any symptoms. In June of 2015, research led by Burton and his colleagues indicates a breakthrough in this quest: the team was instrumental in coming up with an experimental vaccine injected in mice can stimulate the immune system activity necessary to stop HIV infection.