'Adaptor plug' to turn antibodies into HIV killers

By Nora Schultz A MOLECULE that transforms spare antibodies into a weapon against HIV could provide a new way to treat infections. The human body naturally contains antibodies known as anti-gal, which typically make up 1 per cent of all antibodies in the blood. These help to fight pathogens such as salmonella and Escherichia coli by binding to a sugar on their surface. But unless you are fighting a serious infection, many go unused. “Most of the time these antibodies don’t do much, so we thought it would be useful if we could teach them to recognise HIV,
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