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This week on “Democracy Now” is Dr Zaza Mtine Ndhlovu, our own Zambian in the diaspora working so hard to find a vaccine for the HIV virus. Working with Harvard Medical School as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) sponsored Post-Doctoral Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr Bruce Walker, the institute leads an international research effort to understand how some rare people who are infected with HIV but have never been treated can fight the virus with their immune system. Dr Ndhlovu recently discovered that the ability to control HIV by natural means is dependant on a special molecule on the surface of white killer T cells that recognizes infected cells. And only a few individuals in the world who are “fortunate enough” to express this protein can control HIV by natural means. This discovery was recently published in “Nature Immunology” Journal, which is the best Immunology journal in the world and has since received wide International media coverage.
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