Safer viruses for vaccine research and diagnosis

A new technology to produce safer ‘hybrid’ viruses at high volumes for use in vaccines and diagnostics for mosquito-borne diseases has been developed at The University of Queensland. Researchers from UQ and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have exploited the benign characteristics of the Binjari virus – inert to humans – to produce ‘dangerous looking’ … Read more

From the ‘valley of death’ to supply and demand sustainability – the unfinished agenda for immunisation

The best of science, entrepreneurship and politics is required to avoid ‘turning the clock back on immunisation’, argue a group of global health experts in a new Nature Review. Authored by scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, … Read more

Lassa virus’ soft spot revealed

As this year’s Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria is finally ebbing, the total tally came to more than 600 infected people, one-quarter of them dead. Thousands more die each year, uncounted in rural villages throughout West Africa. With an annual wave of infections and new viral strains emerging, it has never been more important to … Read more