A precise measure of protective immunity

New tool aims to make HCV vaccine search easier

Around 71 million people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). One reason why no vaccine against the virus has been found to date is that there are numerous virus variants, some of which differ by more than 30% from each other. Scientists from TWINCORE, the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig have now succeeded in developing a test system that precisely measures the protective effect of an immune response against the large spectrum of HCV pathogens. They recently published their results in the scientific journal Gut.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft