ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A new study finds the virus that causes AIDS in cats could help create a vaccine for the virus that causes AIDS in humans.
Scientists looked at the relationship between feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
They found that a protein from FIV triggered an immune response in the blood of HIV infected people.
The researchers conclude that peptides from FIV could be used to create a vaccine for HIV.
One of the factors complicating the development of an HIV vaccine has been that scientists haven’t been able to figure out which components of HIV should be used.
They hope this could be the breakthrough to lead to widespread inoculation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there are approximately 50,000 new HIV infections in the United States every year. Annually, there are an estimated 15,500 deaths from AIDS and over 600,000 deaths recorded to date in the U.S.
The study is published in the Journal of Virology.