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Universal dengue vaccine steps closer with antibodies discovery

12/17/2014

Medical News Today

For the first time, researchers report how they discovered a new class of antibody that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine against dengue - a rapidly emerging, mosquito-borne virus that infects around 400 million people worldwide every year.

In the journal Nature Communications, the international team - including members from the University of Melbourne in Australia - reports the first finding of a class of antibody that can neutralize all four types of dengue virus when it is produced from human or mosquito cells.

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