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Could cancer be cured by inducing an autoimmune disease against It?

Might there be some way to make a microbial protein that the immune system normally overlooks (a “non-antigen”) into a target for an active immune response (an “antigen”)? Could one co-opt the immune system to produce an

A novel hepatitis C DNA vaccine

Since their development, vaccines have reduced the global burden of disease. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes persistent infection and is a leading cause of liver disease. To date, no vaccine is currently available, and treatment is costly

Why does BCG fail to protect against tuberculosis?

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) is the microbe that causes tuberculosis (TB), a disease that kills one human every 18 seconds. In the last 80 years, only one vaccine has proven somewhat effective at preventing the development of TB

Vaccinating pregnant women – a global perspective

The World Health Organization (WHO) influenza vaccine policy recommendations aim to protect vulnerable high-risk groups from severe disease. In a 2012 update of its influenza vaccine position, WHO recommended that countries considering the initiation or expansion of

Vaccines and autoimmunity

The human immune system (and of other animals as well), have been developed historically to prevent infections by invading microorganisms, bacteria, viruses etc. This system is not supposed to react against the components of the body itself.