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Heat-Shock Vaccine Stops Bacteria Dead

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March 16, 1999
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Weizmann Institute
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Autoimmunity, in which the body attacks its own tissues, has traditionally been viewed as spelling nothing but trouble. But now Weizmann Institute scientists have shown that it's possible to "enlist" an autoimmune mechanism for a beneficial cause -- fighting outside intruders such as bacteria. This new approach may lead to the development of improved vaccines for preventing various infectious diseases and possibly for treating cancerous tumors.

Autoimmunity, in which the body attacks its own tissues, has traditionally been viewed as spelling nothing but trouble. But now Weizmann Institute scientists have shown that it's possible to "enlist" an autoimmune mechanism for a beneficial cause -- fighting outside intruders such as bacteria. This new approach may lead to the development of improved vaccines for preventing various infectious diseases and possibly for treating cancerous tumors.


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