New anthrax medicine

Published: Saturday 15 December 2001

Scientists in India have created a new vaccine for anthrax, which they say could be less toxic and more effective than the one that is currently available. The alternative has been developed by a team from the Centre for Biotechnology at the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University. It is made up of harmless mutant forms of three key proteins that together make the toxin that does the damage to humans. Rakesh Bhatnagar, who led the research team, says the laboratory testing of the new vaccine has been completed and it would now be subjected to animal and human trials.

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