Personalised vaccines could protect all children

2019-03-01 05:14:00

By Charlotte King CHILDREN whose genetic make-up means they may not be protected by the standard form of a vaccine could in future be given a personalised shot. This is the prospect raised by the discovery of gene variants that seem to predict whether an individual will produce enough antibodies in response to a vaccine to protect them against disease. Vaccines expose the immune system to a deactivated version of a disease agent. This prompts the production of specific antibodies,