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Vaccine delivers an immune double whammy to fight tuberculosis

Vaccination is a hugely important public health intervention, perhaps the biggest in the history of mankind. While many childhood diseases are now effectively controlled by immunisation programs (as long as parents vaccinate their kids), there is still no effective vaccine … Continue reading

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What makes the smallpox vaccine so great?

Perhaps one of the most incredibly effective vaccines ever used, against smallpox, has completely eradicated a terribly nasty human disease. Yet the way in which vaccinia virus, the live poxvirus contained in the smallpox vaccine, actually orchestrates a protective immune … Continue reading

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Forensic evidence links badgers and cows in British tuberculosis infections

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious disease that threatens the health of livestock, wildlife, and the agricultural economy, particularly in the United Kingdom. Although every cow in the UK is subjected to a yearly bTB test, and those with positive … Continue reading

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Helpful skin bacteria take charge of local immune responses

Humans have evolved a symbiotic relationship with ‘good’ bacteria over the millions of years that both have been around. The gut is the most heavily colonised spot, where bacteria assist in the digestion process and help to regulate immune function, … Continue reading

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