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Luring bacteria into a trap

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Salmonella is surrounded by a protective coating that shields it from the host’s defences as well as from viruses that often infect and kill the bacteria. (Visualization: Shutterstock)

Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel have developed a vaccine that protects animals from Salmonella. These bacteria often escape the effects of vaccination by genetically modifying their protective coat. The researchers have succeeded in manipulating this process to lure the bacteria into an evolutionary trap.

Las year the scientists were nominated for ETH Zurich’s Spark Award for this research work, which has now been published in a scientific journal for the first time. Further information is provided in this video:

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