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David Knipe Lab herpes vaccine: An interview

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Meet The Scientist has a fascinating interview with David Knipe of Harvard University. Knipe is developing a vaccine against HSV-2.

Knipe discusses the challenges that researchers have faced in developing a vaccine against the virus, and explains why his new vaccine may be an answer. Knipe’s vaccine has been shown to protect animals who are yet to be exposed to the virus, and also reduce symptomatic disease in those who are already carrying the virus. Acambis are now developing the vaccine for clinical trials in humans.

Knipe also talks about the increasing social acceptance of vaccines against sexually transmitted conditions.

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Flystud

Interesting. Acambis has already been working on this for over a year and a half (Feb 08 seems like). Wonder where this vaccine is right now? Seems like no new media posts have been made by Acambis since Feb 08. I also see that Sanofi Pasteur bought Acambis in Sept 08. I guess that should be a good thing? given they are big and can afford expensive trials and doesn't seem like they have any competing interest (such as a patented herpes suppressive treatment from which they generate billions) to stifle this research.

Anyone have any clues as to whether human Phase 1 trials have begun ? Quoting from their website "The process to develop a new vaccine can take between 14 and 25 years with an overall cost of between $300 million and $1 billion."

Also, it seems like it reduces severity for already infected individuals which is quite promising. We could potentially see this launch within 15 years. Anyone have any opinions on this?

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