Scientists hope AIDS vaccine lies in llamas

They are fluffy and photogenic and super at high altitude. Llamas have it all – including, it would seem, immunity to AIDS and HIV.

Experts are touting the discovery may lead to a vaccine against the deadly virus, or a cure for those already infected.

New research conducted by experts from around the world, including University College London, Harvard Medical School and Argentina’s center of Animal Virology, have concluded the Llama antibody neutralises more than 95 per cent of HIV strains.

At the end of 2010, around 34 million people were living with HIV worldwide.  The virus kills nearly two million every year, despite new drugs that often minimise the symptoms.

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