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Scientists discover a natural protein in breast milk that fights HIV

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For many years, officials have been bewildered by the fact that “only about 10-20 percent of infants who are breastfed by HIV infected mothers catch the virus,” from unicef.org.

Scientists and doctors from Duke University figured out why some babies don’t get infected by the virus.

There is a protein in breast milk called Tenascin C that, according to scientists, counteracts HIV and prevents HIV from being passed from the mother to the child.

The scientists and doctors that unveiled this protein to be a neutralizer of HIV, believe the protein could potentially be an HIV fighting tool for both infants and adults.

Sallie Permar“The protein works by binding to the HIV envelope, and one of the interesting things is that we were even able to narrow down exactly where on the envelope it binds,”  says , the study’s lead author from Duke University.

The research on this discovery was posted today, in the National Academy of Sciences.

For further information on this protein and HIV visit National Academy of Sciences.