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Countering bioterrorism with passive immunisation

Funded under: FP6-NEST


In the event of a bioterrorist attack, exposed populations would be completely unprotected because there are no products available for rapid vaccination. The BIODEFENCE project aims to engineer bacteria �generally regarded as safe� to produce toxin neutralising antibodies in the intestinal mucosa. Administered via food or drinking water, the bacteria should confer quick protection. Although developed to counter weapons of bioterrorism (anthrax and botulism), the approach could be applied much more widely.

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