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Montrose Voice, No. 312, October 17, 1986 - File 008. 1986-10-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 5, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2827/show/2805.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 312, October 17, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date October 17, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 008
Transcript Houston Chosen for Early '87 AIDS Vaccine Testing By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Testing of an experimental AIDS vaccine on humans could be scheduled at Houston's Institute for Immunological Disorders as early as January 1987, according to J.J. Finkelstein, president of the company that developed the vaccine. Lynne Walters, a speaker for the institute, confirmed the expected date of inti- tiating the tests "early in 1987," but said the company, Viral Technologies Inc. of Washington, D.C'., still had "hurdles" to clear before the vaccine is approved for human tests by the Food and Drug Administration. The hurdles include further toxicology studies and certain typesof primate testing, as well as application by Viral Technologies for an Investigative New Drug (IND) status, Walters said. Finkelstein, a native Houstonian and former Montrose resident, said that animal students conducted by his company "have thus far all been positive." The primate testing will be completed "very shortly," and formal toxicology tests on different species are in progress, he said. Finkelstein said the vaccine, derived from a synthesized protein, is made in the laboratory through conventional chemical synthesis, and is not a deactivated virus vaccine, which "tends to worry some people." Because of the way it is produced, the vaccine is "virtually free of impurities," Finkelstein said. Animal tests have shown that the vaccine, when injected, induces the animals' bodies to produce antibodies against a specific element of the AIDS virus' core, Finkelstein said. That part of the virus, known as p-17-gag, has been indicated specifically by AIDS researchers as correlative to the number of antibodies an infected person retains to fight off the disease, he said. The protein, consisting of .'.0 amino acids, was discovered inadvertently by a company affiliated with Viral Technologies, which ran a computer check on its structure and found a 50 percent "homology with that of the AIDS virus. Finkelstein said. The similarity was thought by researchers to be "too close to be coincidental," he said. The company, Alpha-I Biomedical, was conducting studies on lung cancer patients whose immune systems were suppressed by radiation therapy when it isolated the protein. Finkelstein said the vaccine will be tested first on volunteers who are members of groups at the highest risk of developing the disease and whose blood tests negative for the HTLV-III antibody. "I don't foresee any problems (in obtaining FDA approval forthe tests)at this point," Finkelstein said. After the company applies for IND status, Finkelstein said the state has 30 days to respond, after which the tests are approved automatically if no response is received. However, Finkelstein added, the approval process could be accelerated in this case due to widespread public interest, and the experiments could be approved as quickly as five days after the application. OCTOBER 17, 1986 / MONTROSE VOICE 7 f Coffee Shop 1102 Westheimer 522-3332 Daily Breakfast Specials Lunch Specials $3.95 Dinner Specials Midnight Specials Serving Beer, Wine & Champagne To go orders always welcome Open 24 Hours a Day Club MOO Westheimer 527-8619 Happy Hours $1 Well Drinks during Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 7am-12pm 4pm-8pm After Hours Every Night Friday Nights Open 24 Hours Open Daily 7am-4am Sun. I2pm-4am Live Entertainment Every Day Come In & Get Happy with Timi, Mika, Monica, Candy, Bobbie D.J. George Tarn O'Shanter Friday & Saturday 8:30-1:30 EUPHORIC HEAT Watch lor advertising on "Supresed Desire" Halloween Party Happy Hour 4-8pm Dally 75« Draft, $1.25 Well Betty & Bear Hour 8-9 50C Draft, $1 Well 6121 Hillcroft 77I-X470 10% Discount on All Pest Control Supplies Result's Pest Control 25 135. Elmen/Westheimer (Behind Chutes) 524-9415 Free Flea Dips Sat. 1-5 Closed Sunc&ys Distributing: Redwood Chemical Products ^■^k Your M 1 Costume W P^k Store _W^ MAJOR CREDIT CARDS HONORED BASIC BROTHERS] 1290 WESTHEIMER HOUSTON (713) 522-1696 I SPORTSWEAR/COSTUMES; CAFE EDI 2 for 1 lunch or dinner Try our spectacular California salads at lunch and extraordinary dinner specials. Carol Burnett in Person Wed., Oct. 29 at The Bookstop
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