October 18, 2018

Venigalla Rao, chair and professor of biology, was quoted in a Newsweek story on the vaccine he developed that will protect against both anthrax and the plague.

... Study author Venigalla Rao, from the Catholic University of America, told Newsweek they created the vaccine by incorporating key antigens from both agents. 

“By incorporating all these components into one dual (multivalent) vaccine and injecting into the body, we are able to stimulate immune responses against both the organisms before any exposure to these organisms,” he said.

"In the event of a bioterror attack using either of the organisms or both the organisms, since the body has already been primed with immunity, the pre-existing immune responses induced by the vaccine will neutralize these toxins/virulence factors produced by exposure to these organisms. ...

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