Molecular biology, the new genetics and vaccine development

G. Dougan, P. Highfield

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Advances in molecular biology and the new genetics are opening up new routes to the development of safer and more effective vaccines. At the molecular level we are beginning to understand how the host immune defences and the invading pathogen interact. Important protective components are being identified, new methods for attenuating virulent pathogens are being applied, and alternative routes for antigen presentation are being exploited. One goal may be the development of the totally synthetic vaccine. The progress in this area and the implications for the future are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-398
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Laboratory Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1985
Externally publishedYes

Cite this