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Title: Recent Advances in Vaccinology
Authors: Rao, Y Udaya Bhaskara
Keywords: Vaccination;DNA vaccines;Immunization;Immune response;Cytotoxic T cells
Issue Date: Oct-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Vaccination continues to be the most cost effective, safest and most powerful tool of medicine for preventing sufferings, disability and death from infectious diseases. The traditional vaccines were developed when one knew very little about how the diseases were caused and how the immunity worked. Most of the vaccines were developed by trial and error in animal and human experiments. With the recent advances in molecular biology, immunology and recombinant DNA technology, one can understand how the antigens are processed and presented to the immune system and how that affects immune response. Also the current researches are underway into the mechanism of use of pathogens to infect and cause disease. The developments in vaccinology with DNA vacinnes, transgenic plant vaccines and combination of vaccines promises an exciting area in prevention and control of infectious diseases.
Page(s): 494-498
ISSN: 0975-0967 (Online); 0972-5849 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJBT Vol.02(4) [October 2003]

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