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Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology
Researchers at the Gladstone Institute are working to develop a vaccine "cocktail," a single sugar cube that could provide immunity against a host of diseases including HIV.
The researchers have been testing novel ways of using the 30-year-old Sabin polio vaccine as a "vector," a way to deliver proteins for various infectious agents into the body. They've been experimenting with a method for piggybacking HIV proteins and proteins for other diseases into the polio vaccine with the hope that these proteins will reach key areas of the body to induce an immune response to specific infectious agents. The diseases that could be targeted include HIV and a number of other respiratory and gastrointestinal infections …