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'Therapeutic vaccine for AIDS by 2012'

Press Trust Of India  |  London 

after he was awarded the for discovering HIV 25 years back, French scientist has predicted that there would be a “therapeutic vaccine” for by 2012. has shared 2008’s with another French researcher Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Germany’s Harald zur Hausen for discovering the virus and the role of viruses in cervical cancer.

According to 76-year-old Montagnier, a treatment could be possible in future with a therapeutic vaccine for which the results might be published in three or four years if financial backing is forthcoming.

A therapeutic vaccine normally prevents a disease from flourishing after it has taken hold.

“I think it’ll be possible with a therapeutic vaccine rather than preventative vaccinations. We would give it only to people who are already infected,” the French scientist was quoted by British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ as saying.

and his team, including Barre-Sinoussi, discovered HIV, at the French Pasteur Institute 25 years ago. The work in the early 1980s made it possible to clone the

“The discovery was one prerequisite for the current understanding of biology of the disease and its antiretroviral treatment,” according to a statement issued by Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.

First Published: Wed, October 08 2008. 00:00 IST