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A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and "remember" it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.
Scientists uncover structure of cold virus linked to severe asthma, respiratory infections in children

Scientists uncover structure of cold virus linked to severe asthma, respiratory infections in children

The atomic structure of an elusive cold virus linked to severe asthma and respiratory infections in children has been solved by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Purdue University. [More]
OVC research may help improve cancer treatment

OVC research may help improve cancer treatment

Cancer treatment in people could be transformed thanks to a study on treating cancer in animals led by researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. [More]
The Wistar Institute and partners receive HIV cure research grant to test novel immunotherapies

The Wistar Institute and partners receive HIV cure research grant to test novel immunotherapies

The Wistar Institute is pleased to announce that the National Institutes of Health has awarded a nearly $23 million Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research grant to the BEAT-HIV: Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV-1 Infection by Combination Immunotherapy, a consortium of top HIV researchers led by co-principal investigators Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil., director of the HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory at The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center, and James L. Riley, Ph.D., research associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Antibodies from survivors of filovirus infection may offer protection against other filoviral diseases

Antibodies from survivors of filovirus infection may offer protection against other filoviral diseases

Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. [More]
Preventing zoonotic diseases from pets to people: an interview with Dr Monique Éloit, OIE Director General

Preventing zoonotic diseases from pets to people: an interview with Dr Monique Éloit, OIE Director General

Zoonotic diseases are diseases or infections which are naturally transmissible from animals to humans, as defined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. [More]
Researchers make successful vaccine formulation that targets proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers make successful vaccine formulation that targets proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease

With more than 7.5 million new cases of Alzheimer’s disease a year, the race to find a vaccine and effective treatment for dementia is growing by the day. [More]
Telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast dengue fever outbreaks

Telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast dengue fever outbreaks

A team of scientists has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. [More]
H3N2v-neutralizing antibodies produced from human subjects given candidate vaccine

H3N2v-neutralizing antibodies produced from human subjects given candidate vaccine

Influenza A viruses are responsible for seasonal disease outbreaks in humans. Influenza A also circulates among bird and some mammal populations and periodically crosses between species. [More]
UCLA researchers develop new combination therapy to activate immune response against glioblastoma

UCLA researchers develop new combination therapy to activate immune response against glioblastoma

UCLA researchers have developed a new breakthrough combination treatment that utilizes a vaccine to activate an immune response against advanced brain tumors. [More]
Scientists identify how tumor cells exploit function of mitochondria to support cancer proliferation

Scientists identify how tumor cells exploit function of mitochondria to support cancer proliferation

As the powerhouse of the cells, mitochondria are critical for every organism because of their role in producing energy while also controlling survival, but how they function in cancer is still not completely known. [More]
Study results pave way to development of effective human vaccine against HIV

Study results pave way to development of effective human vaccine against HIV

A new scientific study conducted by a team of leading AIDS scientists reveal results that lead the way to the development of an effective human vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). [More]
Inherited mutations in DNA repair genes may predispose to metastatic prostate cancer

Inherited mutations in DNA repair genes may predispose to metastatic prostate cancer

Inherited mutations in genes that function to repair DNA may contribute to metastatic prostate cancer more than previously recognized, according to a study out today in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
WRAIR collaborates with Sanofi Pasteur to develop ZPIV vaccine candidate

WRAIR collaborates with Sanofi Pasteur to develop ZPIV vaccine candidate

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research announces a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for the development of a Zika vaccine candidate with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi. [More]
Phase 1 trial to examine efficacy of promising malaria vaccine in Burkina Faso

Phase 1 trial to examine efficacy of promising malaria vaccine in Burkina Faso

Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases: it infects hundreds of millions of people every year, and kills about half a million, most of them under five years of age. [More]
Scientists use Sure Chill technology to develop cost-effective vaccine storage

Scientists use Sure Chill technology to develop cost-effective vaccine storage

Vaccines against killer diseases from polio to hepatitis are fragile and can easily be made useless if they get too hot or too cold. [More]
Infant HBV vaccination prevents HCC in children, young adults

Infant HBV vaccination prevents HCC in children, young adults

Immunisation against hepatitis B virus in infants protects against the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in not only children but also young adults, a Taiwanese study finds. [More]
Researchers discover human factor that drives maturation of helper T cells

Researchers discover human factor that drives maturation of helper T cells

A powerful arm of the immune system is production of antibodies that circulate through the blood and neutralize invading pathogens. Although B cells actually manufacture antibody proteins, the process is aided by neighboring T cells, which shower B cells with cytokines to make them churn out high-quality antibody proteins--and remember how to do so. [More]
Biosecurity Research Institute takes two-part approach in fighting Zika virus

Biosecurity Research Institute takes two-part approach in fighting Zika virus

Kansas State University is helping the fight against Zika virus through mosquito research. [More]
Researchers design E. coli-based transport capsule to help fight pneumococcal disease

Researchers design E. coli-based transport capsule to help fight pneumococcal disease

Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? [More]
Researchers develop computer model for speed analysis of TB's complex life-cycle

Researchers develop computer model for speed analysis of TB's complex life-cycle

Tuberculosis (TB), caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a serious global health problem accounting for 1.3 million worldwide deaths annually. [More]
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