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    FiB Episode 007 - Dr. Ronald Desrosiers, Towards an HIV Vaccine

    One of the greatest quests in science is to find a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. The human toll of HIV/AIDS is astonishing, with more than 25 million men, women, and children having died from AIDS. Approximately 40 million people are living with HIV and there are an estimated 5 million new infection per year.

    Just over twenty years ago, Dr. Desrosiers made a pivotal discovery: the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) It is the closest known relative to HIV, and has provided one of the best tools to study the biology of HIV and related viruses. This animal model to HIV has allowed scientists to perform experiments that are simply impossible to do on humans. Ever since his discovery of SIV, Dr. Desrosiers has been endeavoring to understand all aspects of both SIV and HIV, and working tirelessly towards a vaccine.

    For more on Dr. Desrosiers' work please visit the the New England Primate Research Center

    For more on HIV/AIDS see:
    World Health Organization
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    And also thanks to the Band Gunther from Cyclone Records for the permission to use their song Wrecking Ball as a theme for this episode of FiB!

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