In this file photo, Lin Wang, a research assistant at...

In this file photo, Lin Wang, a research assistant at the MaGee Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh, tests the durability of a medicated vaginal film formulated with drugs to target against HIV infection. (May 14, 2010) Credit: AP

A vaccine for HIV may be on its way due to a new discovery by federal researchers, Reuters reported on Friday.

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Viral Research Center have found a pair of antibodies that can destroy more than 90 percent of all strains of the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. Up until now, the best antibodies researchers have discovered only kill between 30 to 40 percent of HIV strains.

This new discovery brings hope to those aiming to create a vaccine, Dr. Gary Nabel of the NIAID told Reuters.

“I am more optimistic about an AIDS vaccine at this point in time than I have been probably in the last 10 years.”

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