Stanford University to Get $50 Million to Produce Vaccines

Jan 30, 2015 9:47 AM

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - A Stanford University research unit will receive $50 million to produce vaccines that make the most out of the human body's natural disease-fighting abilities.

KNTV reports that Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give the money to the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center over 10 years.

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Mark Davis says his research team will use the funding to learn more about the immune system and the best ways for vaccines to harness the body's arm for fighting off viruses and other invaders.

Diseases like HIV and Ebola, both of which are caused by viruses, have stumped medical researchers for years.

Davis says that a new generation of vaccines may hold promise for solving these problems.


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