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Project to develop new poultry vaccines awarded £5.7 million

Poultry are the world's most popular animal-based food and global production has tripled in the past 20 years. The world's chicken flock is now estimated to be around 21 billion, producing 1.1 trillion eggs and 90 million tons of meat every year. A healthily maintained livestock is essential for a country’s economic prosperity and for public health. Infected poultry can pass on diseases to humans, particularly through foodborne infections such as salmonella and campylobacter. Vaccinating poultry is the most effective way of protecting them from disease and preventing food poisoning in humans. 

The most successful human vaccines that give long-lasting protective immunity are often glycoconjugates (proteins coupled to sugars). These vaccines are complex and expensive to produce, but School researchers have recently developed new glycoengineering technology that will facilitate the coupling of protein/sugar combinations for a new generation of inexpensive veterinary vaccines.

See more at: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2015/poultry_vaccine_development....