Move Over Antibiotics, Immunotherapy is on its Way

January 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

It’s often described as an arms race: the ongoing battle between our immune system and the viruses, bacteria and parasites that try to defeat it. For the past seven decades, we’ve dealt with these infections with antibiotics, antivirals and anti-parasite drugs designed to damage and destroy the pathogen.

These drugs have been wildly successful – people now live longer than ever before. But the incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is increasing and our defensive toolkit is getting empty. While some researchers are trying to find or design new antibiotic drugs, others are taking a different approach.

A new focus of research is finding ways to manipulate the body’s own immune system and boost our natural defences.

“Immunotherapies are revolutionizing whole areas of medicine at the moment,” says Georgia Perona-Wright, a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. “It’s an exciting time to be an immunologist.”

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