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Studying Smallpox Without Smallpox

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May 28, 2002
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University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center
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In this era of bioterrorism, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a way to study how smallpox overcomes the human immune system. Due to the nature of variola, the virus that causes smallpox, researchers cannot access the virus conventionally. Therefore, using previously published data on the DNA of smallpox, Penn researchers reverse-engineered a variola protein from vaccinia, a related virus used to vaccinate against smallpox. Their findings are presented in the May 28th edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and suggest new means to develop safer vaccines and potential therapies for smallpox.

(Philadelphia, PA) – In this era of bioterrorism, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a way to study how smallpox overcomes the human immune system. Due to the nature of variola, the virus that causes smallpox, researchers cannot access the virus conventionally. Therefore, using previously published data on the DNA of smallpox, Penn researchers reverse-engineered a variola protein from vaccinia, a related virus used to vaccinate against smallpox. Their findings are presented in the May 28th edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and suggest new means to develop safer vaccines and potential therapies for smallpox.


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