Open Questions: Vaccines
See also: Infectious diseases --
The immune system
Sites with general resources
Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals
- Good collection of information provided by the
World Health Organization.
Includes sections on topics such as
vaccine-preventable diseases, and
vaccine research and development.
site map for help in navigation.
- A page with information on some topics on vaccines, provided
by the U. S.
Food and Drug Administration.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
How Vaccines Work
- Single-page tutorial, with links to related information,
provided by the
- Provides general information about vaccines, especially
in connection with research into vaccines for HIV. The information
is supplied by the U. S.
National Institute of
Allergy and Infections Diseases and focuses on the research
of that organization.
Vaccines: Smallpox and Vaccinia
- Chapter 6 of the textbook Vaccines.
Part of the
Chasing a stealthy influenza virus
- July 2005 Los Angeles Times article on the technology and
manufacturing of flu vaccine.
- November 2004 Scientific American Sidebar about
experimental vaccines that stimulate the immune system to
neutralize cocaine and other addictive substances.
- February 2004 Scientific American In Focus article
about finding better ways to manufacture flu vaccine.
Potato Vaccine against Hepatitis B
- October 2000 Scientific American news article about
vaccine proteins produced in potatoes.
Nice Shot: Why vaccines are pharma's Next Big Thing
The Scientist, January 2010
- Boosting Vaccines: The Power of Adjuvants
Nathalie Garçon; Michel Goldman
Scientific American, October 2009
- Modern insights into the immune system have revived
interest in adding ingredients that can supercharge old
vaccines and make entirely new ones possible.
- Edible Vaccines
William H. R. Langridge
Scientific American, September 2000
David B. Weiner; Ronald C. Kennedy
Scientific American, July 1999, pp. 50-57
- DNA sequences obtained from pathogenic viruses and which
encode for antigen proteins may conceivably be used in vaccines.
There are difficulties with this approach, but human clinical
trials are already in progress to test the concept.
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