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A current strategy for the design of neutralizing antibody-based vaccines to prevent HIV-1 transmission is that of reverse engineering, starting from a neutralizing antibody and working back to reconstruct its epitope by structure-based design technology. However, the field has been impeded by a lack of appropriate antibodies for use as templates. Recently, new antibodies have been described that may fulfil this role, invigorating the field. © 2010 Faculty of 1000 Ltd.

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