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Uni's success is in its blood.

CARDIFF University's School of Medicine has been involved in important research on the body's defence against blood poisoning.

Research has found peptide molecules from the body's natural immune system can help boost the body's defence against life-threatening blood poisoning.

Experts in infection and immunity from Cardiff University's School of Medicine, led by Dr Mario Labeta, have found that peptide molecules derived from the body's natural immune sensors can kick-start the body's natural immune defence that was affected by blood poisoning. Dr Labeta said: "Blood poisoning is triggered by the body's overreaction to infection. It can lead to widespread inflammation and blood clotting as well as, in the later stage of the illness, to profound immunosuppression."

The research team hope this strategy may also help inform a new generation of vaccines which could boost the body's response against other conditions like cancer and allergic diseases.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 16, 2013
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