Professor Michael Farzan, a researcher working with The Scripps Research Institute at Florida Atlantic University, has been awarded nearly $6 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine over the next four years.
Via University Press:
“I’m grateful to the Gates Foundation for its strong support of our research and for its continued commitment to eradicating HIV/AIDS throughout the world,” Farzan said in the news release.
The vaccine causes muscle tissue to release proteins that attach to the virus and trick it into thinking it bonded to a human cell. It then floats through the bloodstream, harmless and unable to reproduce. After receiving the vaccine, lab animals were protected from the HIV infection for up to a year.