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Genetic resistance to smallpox: lessons from mousepox

Karupiah, Gunasegaran; Panchanathan, Vijay; Sakala, Isaac; Chaudhri, Geeta


There is increased interest in understanding protective immunity to smallpox for two principal reasons. First, it is the only disease that has been successfully eradicated using a live virus vaccine and, second, there exists a potential threat of intentional or unintentional release of variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox. Although mortality rates associated with smallpox were as high as 40%, a significant subset of those infected recovered. The basis of susceptibility or resistance,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Decoding the genomic control of immune reactions: Novartis Foundation Symposium, No 281


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