BRLSI Science - Dressed to Kill: What do Infectious Disease Agents have in their Wardrobes?

27 September 2018


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Professor Sunetra Gupta - University of Oxford
Why does the influenza vaccine require frequent updating, whereas a single measles vaccine can protect you for life? An infectious agent possesses its very own wardrobe, from which it is obliged to select an outfit in order to infect and survive. The garments can be recognised by our immune systems and so evolution ensures that the pathogen with a new outfit will prosper. Flu virus is very variable whereas measles isn’t. Vaccine design has to take account of this. And what about HIV and malaria?