Tag Archives: polio

New Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era

When I started my scientific career by working on polio vaccines over 30 years ago, we were already thinking about newer, safer vaccines. Although polio eradication remains tantalizingly out of reach, we are close enough now to think in detail … Continue reading

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How to wipe out polio and keep it that way

Science poised to eliminate polio from the planet but a new study shows that the job won’t be over when the last case of the disease is recorded. Continue reading

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MicrobiologyBytes Weekly – timebombs, smarter antibiotic use and bacteriophages you've never even heard of

Welcome to the first edition of the new format MicrobiologyBytes. Continue reading

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The Polio-Eradication programme and the end game

It was my privilege to work with Phil Minor during my PhD. 25 years later (gulp), Phil looks back and forward to the polio endgame.   The Polio-Eradication programme and issues of the end game. J Gen Virol. Nov 29 … Continue reading

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Limited nerve trafficking of neurotropic viruses

Neurotropic viruses, including herpesviruses, rabies virus, and poliovirus, initiate infection in the periphery and can move through peripheral neurons to reach the central nervous system (CNS). Since peripheral neurons can be up to one meter long, inefficient neural transport could … Continue reading

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Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses

I started my scientific career working on vaccine-derived polioviruses. We’ve come a long way since those distant days and we’re slowly getting closer to eradicating polio worldwide, but it’s not all over yet: In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved … Continue reading

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