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Researchers to Develop Improved FMD Vaccines.

April 1 2010 -- An international group of research institutions is to receive USD 2 million to develop improved Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccines.

Researchers from the Institute for Animal Health (United Kingdom), University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (South-Africa), Agricultural Research Service, USDA - Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at Plum Island (United States) and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health (The Netherlands) have been granted the money by the Wellcome Trust for a 3-year research project. The organisations will use the latest molecular biology techniques to improve conventional vaccines against this disease.

Dr. Bryan Charleston at the Institute for Animal Health, which is leading the partnership, told Feedinfo News Service that: "The consortium will capitalize on the expertise of the participating organizations to develop a standard procedure whereby strains of FMD virus can be modified to make virus particles that

are both more stable and able to attach well to the cells that are used to make FMD vaccines on a commercial scale. By increasing the efficacy, improving stability and increasing the production yield, we hope to make FMD vaccines that are more cost-effective for widespread use."

Richard Seabrook, Head of Business Development at the Wellcome Trust said: "The Wellcome Trust is delighted to support this international collaboration to develop better, more cost effective vaccines against FMD. This much needed development should help to reduce the huge economic burden that the disease places on the farming industry, particularly in the developing world."
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