I know, I’m flooding my site today.
I can’t help it; there are too many amazing scientific discoveries! I’m always missing opportunities to blog about them and share my excitement, so this time I decided to go ahead and do it even though I’d already posted under this heading today.
This discovery isn’t just cool, it’s also potentially medically beneficial on a wide scale both population-wise and disease-wise.
So, here’s the short version.
Vaccines traditionally work by eliciting a “very strong T-cell reaction”. Unfortunately some of the most often spread (in my mind= contagious) diseases are in areas that are not accessible to these wonder cells, I mean, T-cells. Such as our naughty bits. You, know, the fun parts that lead us into so much pleasure, pain, and potential trouble. Yup, I’m referring to common sexually transmitted diseases.
So, scientists wondered what would happen if they elicited a strong response, then applied the antibody-rich serum (still uncertain how they obtain that) directly to the genital tissue. Turns out that by using this method, a two-pronged, non-traditional approach, scientists were able to give mice long-term protection against diseases such as “herpes simplex virus” and “HIV-1”.
Don’t believe me?
Check it out for yourself: scitechdaily.com/new-model-for-vaccination-against-genital-herpes/
(It wasn’t the poor machine’s fault. It was my faulty biological brain; I’d forgotten a step.)