Dr. Marit Kramski (left) and colleagues Behnaz Heydarchi and Rob Center, with bags of frozen HIV-fighting milk (Photo: Fresh Science)
Marit Kramski preparing human cells for testing in the lab (Photo: Fresh Science)
Despite the misgivings that many people have surrounding cow’s milk, it is a good source of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Now, thanks to scientists at Melbourne University, special milk may also be used to protect people from HIV. Working with the Australian biotechnology company Immuron Ltd, a team led by Dr. Marit Kramski has vaccinated pregnant cows with an HIV protein – the first milk that those animals produced after giving birth contained HIV-disabling antibodies.
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