LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 3, 2002 -- Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory are using their extensive genetic understanding of the HIV-1 virus -- the most common form of the virus that causes AIDS in humans -- to consider best strategies in the pursuit of creating a vaccine to fight the virus. In an article appearing recently in the journal Science, a team of Los Alamos researchers -- in conjunction with researchers from Duke University, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Alabama -- suggests using a consensus or genetic ancestor of the HIV-1 virus when developing vaccines, rather than basing vaccines on geographically specific strains of the virus.
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