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UK scientists develop safer foot-and-mouth vaccine

Published on Mar 28, 2013 6:30 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - British scientists have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and easier to manufacture, an advance they believe should greatly increase production capacity and reduce costs.

The technology behind the livestock product might also be applied to make improved human vaccines to protect against similar viruses, including polio.

The new vaccine does not require live virus in its production - an important consideration as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is extremely infectious and vaccine facilities handling virus samples are difficult to secure.

"It spreads like wild fire," said Mr David Stuart, a professor of biology at the University of Oxford, who led the research.

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