Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I fought the virus ...

... and the virus lost. Or at least, so we hope.

Imagine being able to do away with vaccines and instead reprogramming the immune system to attack all kinds of disease. That's the vision of Caltech's president David Baltimore, who won a Nobel Prize in 1975 for his work on virology and cancer, and who now has a US$13.9 million grant to pursue this dream.

Baltimore's project is one of 43 that have secured a portion of $440 million handed out by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today, 27 June, for their Grand Challenges in Global Health. The cash has been allocated to daring, innovative projects that aim to beat some of the world's most problematic diseases ...

From New Scientist


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