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Alternative for Smallpox vaccine

Posted Sep 29 2008 9:00pm

University of California, Irvine researchers  Philip Felgner and Huw Davies with the Department of Medicine found that the modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) produced the same antiviral response in human and animal studies as the current smallpox vaccine Dryvax.

Smallpox was declared eradicated worldwide in 1980; the last naturally occurring case in the world was in Somalia in 1977. and last I heard of it was when I watched the zombie movie I am Legend  last year,

In the study, Researchers applied blood serum samples taken from both humans and animals to microarray chips containing more than 200 vaccinia virus proteins, on which they simultaneously studied how the serum antibodies responded to all the vaccinia proteins

Details are on the UCI website press release 

Filed under: DNA news, microarray

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