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Filipino Scientist in Worldwide Search for AIDS vaccine
Written by Loren   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009

AIDS VaccineTo discuss the latest advances in prevention of HIV infection and treatment of full-blown AIDS, hundreds of scientists, medical experts and policy makers trooped to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Lost in the shuffle was an e-poster presentation by a group of Japanese and Filipino scientists who are investigating a novel approach to creating a vaccine against HIV.

Some of these medical experts are: Prof. Marni Eusebio Cueno, who finished a BS Biology degree Major in Genetics as well as a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at UP Los Baños, has had eight years to prepare for his research in the fight against the AIDS pandemic. Two Japanese scientists, Takashi Okamoto M.D., PH. D., and Antonio C. Laurena, PhD., started research into developing an HIV-edible vaccine using tomatoes. The research project then became a joint effort between the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan and UPLB’s Bioechemistry Laboratory Institute of Plant Breeding.

The main feature of this AIDS vaccine that they are trying to develop is that it would be produced in plants, making it less expensive than commercially available vaccines With these researches that these medical experts are conceptualizing, they believe that this research that I am doing, or would be doing in the future, can actually make a difference. [via]


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