Yogurt bacteria may
help prevent AIDS and HIV Transmission
Nature magazine reported that yogurt
bacteria may be helpful in blocking HIV transmission according to
researchers in the US and the UK. The original research paper was
reported in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Scientists at Brown Medical School
in Rhode Island, and UK’s Food Research Institute used genetically
altered yogurt bacterium, Lactococcus lactis, and made cyanovirin which
was shown to stop HIV infection in the cells of monkeys and in humans.
The yogurt bacterium is found in the
stomach and vagina where it can stop growth of bad bacteria. The report
said that it could be more helpful than a vaccine because it could be
applied directly to the vagina for treatment and can also live in the
vagina for as long as a week.
Further tests of the bacteria
treatment will be with monkeys. It is in hopes that the bacterium will
offer protection from catching AIDS and HIV. Countries such as Africa
that are devastated by these diseases will benefit if this treatment is
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