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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Finding a quicker route to vaccines

higgins nyt150.bmpHarvard microbiologist Dr. Darren E. Higgins (left) wants to help your immune system in a hurry and on the cheap, a story in today's New York Times says.

The 40-year-old associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School is a co-founder of Genocea, a Cambridge start-up working on a novel method of vaccine development. His goal is to find the quickest way to make inexpensive vaccines that fight numerous complex and aggressive viruses and bacteria, the story says.

Students in his lab are trying to determine which proteins stimulate an immune system response, the story says. The idea is to administer these proteins, or combinations of proteins, to people in order to prepare their immune systems to resist attacks by the likes of tuberculosis, HIV or malaria.

"We are mimicking the human body immune response," he told the Times.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 08:50 AM
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