Cow's milk can shield you against HIV, says study

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In India,every body knew that cow’s milk is full of anti bodies to protect its new born against disease.Now this traditional wisdom was testified by a scientist from University of Melbourne Marit Kramski who thinks it can be used to prevent deadly disease-AIDS

In her seminal research Kramski concluded that cow’s milk can be “potentially developed into affordable creams that can help protect humans against HIV.”Kramski had conducted the research in league with Australian biotechnology company Immuron Ltd.

This conclusion was based on his finding that when pregnant cow was vaccinated with an HIV protein, the first milk produced by the cow after giving birth,called colostrum,contained ‘high antibodies to protect its newborn against disease.’

“Researchers were now planning to test the effectiveness and safety of the milk before turning it into a cream which will hopefully allow women to protect themselves against contracting the virus during sex, without relying on men”,the Herald Sun has reported.

Though same report induicates that the final conclusion of the research and its outcome could be far off-a decade or so-Kramski and his fellow researchers were successful inhibiting the virus from ‘infecting cells when combing the virus cells with milk.’

“We think the antibodies bind to the surface of the virus and blocks the protein which needs to be freed to get in contact with human cells – like a key and lock system…If the key’s not accessible or you change the key, you can’t open the door,” the report quoted Kramski as saying.”It’s a very cheap and easy way to produce a lot of antibodies.”

Cheaper than condoms?” Condoms were ‘cheap and easy’ but not an option for everyone with millions of people getting infected with HIV every year”, she reportedly added.”A lot of women, especially in Africa or South America don’t have the power to say you need to use a condom before sex…This milk looks like it can be a cheap, easy new prevention tool, because if you use drugs it’s really expensive.”

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