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Conceptually, vaccines are very simple things– Dummy viruses/bacteria/pathogen that train your immune system how to fight the real viruses/bacteria/pathogen. All the benefits of being sick (training your B- and/or T-cells how to fight the pathogen) without actually having to get sick. Nice. In practice, however, things are infinitely more difficult. Sometimes we use dead viruses.…

Part I: HPV Part II: Measles Part III: More Measles Its July 18th. A little over half-way into 2011. And in Ethiopia, about 18,000 people have gotten measles, with a touch over 100 dead. There has also been an outbreak in Somali refugee camps in Kenya, with almost 500 sick and 11 dead. Meanwhile, here…

I have written quite a bit about Cytotoxic-T-Cell-based HIV-1 vaccines here on ERV. Though antibodies can target HIV-1 viruses, and HIV-1 infected cells, CTLs should be the go-to workhorses for killing HIV-1 infected cells. Pimped-up Souped-up Bionic Assassin Lethal Weapon Killer T-Cells as a cure for AIDS? HIV-1 CTL Vaccine: OH SHI- HIV-1 Vaccine: Again,…

A couple of days ago, Orac directed us towards an article that is one of the funniest pieces of ‘Science Journalism’ I have ever seen, anywhere. See, those of us on the ‘non-kook’ side of things have marvelously eloquent writers like Carl and Ed, and inquisitive investigatory journalists like Trine. Sure theyre ‘educational’, but their…