Microbial Vaccines and Drugs

                                  Microbial Vaccines and Drugs

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing micro-organism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and keep a record of it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these micro-organisms that it later encounters. Vaccines can be prophylactic (example: to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by any natural or "wild" pathogen), or therapeutic (e.g., vaccines against cancer are also being investigated).

 

New techniques like in vitro gene-manipulation have opened up new approaches to vaccine development. This has rapidly grown into an exciting area of research in both academic and industrial laboratories. There are a number of scientific challenges which require multidisciplinary teams to solve problems in developing new immunogens. This has challenged our existing knowledge about protein structure and conformation, microbial pathogenicity and the immune system.

  • Harmful Microbes
  • How Vaccines work
  • Types of Vaccines
  • Vaccines of the Future
  • Making Safe Vaccines
  • Lab and Animal Testing
  • Investigational New Drug Application
  • Studies in Humans
  • FDA License
  • NIAID Vaccine Research
  • Risk factors for infection

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