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First Cancer, Now AIDS?

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Following the recent news of a cure for certain types of Cancer, this news.

A novel vaccine targeted to multiple HIV subtypes found worldwide has moved into the second phase of clinical testing, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced on Wednesday.

The NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health.

The study investigators plan to enroll a total of 480 participants at sites in Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean to test the safety and immune response to the vaccine.

“This trial marks an important step in the advancement toward an AIDS vaccine," said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci.

The unique vaccine combines synthetically modified elements of four HIV genes found in subtypes A, B and C of the virus  the subtypes commonly found in Africa, the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. These subtypes represent about 85 percent of HIV infections worldwide.

“This is the first Phase II study of a vaccine candidate that is broadly relevant to the global AIDS pandemic because it combines components of HIV strains found throughout the world,†said NIAID's Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center Director Gary Nabel. “We look forward to working with our partners in the United States and abroad as we take this vaccine into the next phase of clinical evaluation.â€Â

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