Is Cow’s Milk The HIV Vaccine We’ve Been Waiting For?

Would protection against the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) make you willing to give up your vegan lifestyle? New research from Australia’s Melbourne University suggests that a type of treated cow’s milk could provide the world’s first HIV vaccine.

Working together with biotechnology company Immuron Ltd., the Australian research team vaccinated pregnant dairy cows with an HIV protein. This injection posed no risk to the cows, as they are unable to contract the disease, according to researchers. After giving birth, the first milk produced by the cows was found to contain HIV-disabling antibodies.

“While cows cannot contract HIV themselves, they do nonetheless produce antibodies in response to the introduction of the foreign protein,” reports Gizmag. “Those antibodies are passed along in the colostrum, or first milk – that milk already has a naturally high antibody content, in order to protect newborn calves against infections.”

“We were able to harvest antibodies specific to the HIV surface protein from the milk,” said Dr. Marit Kramski, who is presenting her research as one of the winners of Fresh Science — a national program for early-career scientists. “We have tested these antibodies and found in our laboratory experiments that they bind to HIV and that this inhibits the virus from infecting and entering human cells,” she said.

Despite what you may be thinking, the answer to slowing the spread of HIV won’t be to add “8 ounces of colostrum” to the Food Pyramid. The researchers say HIV-inhibiting antibodies from cows’ milk will be developed into a cream called a microbicide that is applied into the vagina to protect women from contracting sexually transmitted infections.

 

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145 comments

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Jane Wabout a month ago

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Jim Ven
Jim V10 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Angie V.
Angie V4 years ago

Interesting info.

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David Johnson
David Johnson4 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Food for thought?

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Natasha Salgado
natasha s4 years ago

God NO. Stop exploiting our animals. Find another potion.

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Cynthia Blais
cynthia l4 years ago

WOW a whole lot of judginh with this article. I just find it disturbing

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Donna B.
Donna B4 years ago

Thanks for the information. Very interesting. Hope there is some kind of update on this?

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Christopher M.
Christopher M.4 years ago

Got milk?

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Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

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John W.
John W.4 years ago

Richard B

Of course vaccines don't work. Smallpox, for example, just decided to give up and eradicate itself.

Perhaps you'd have the integrity to answer this (no anti-vaxer ever has). If you were bitten by a demonstrably rabid animal, would you take the series of rabies shots or not?

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