11/12/03

Scientists create Ebola vaccine

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Virus-like particles (B) used to vaccinate mice against ebola are morphologically similar to the authentic Ebola virus (A).

Scientists have created a vaccine that has successfully immunised mice against the deadly Ebola virus, which causes haemorrhagic fever and kills up to 90 per cent of its victims.


The vaccine is made up of virus-like particles that are not infectious but are capable of triggering a strong response by the immune system.


The study, which is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could pave the way to a vaccine that will protect humans from the virus.


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