BIOCAPS project targets TB

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  • Published: May 4, 2015
  • Author: Steve Down
  • Channels: Laboratory Informatics / Gas Chromatography / Electrophoresis / Detectors / HPLC / Ion Chromatography / Proteomics & Genomics / Sample Preparation / Chemometrics & Informatics / NMR Knowledge Base / Infrared Spectroscopy / Proteomics / Raman / Base Peak / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / MRI Spectroscopy / X-ray Spectrometry / Atomic

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The four-year BIOCAPS project set up by the EU in 2013 is making progress on several fronts, including a new vaccine for tuberculosis.

BIOCAPS is centred at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Vigo in Spain and is targeting tuberculosis, a lethal disease that kills an estimated 1.5 million people each year. Although a vaccine exists, it is ineffective against pulmonary tuberculosis, which is the most common form of the disease.

The research project will look to design a new vaccine while searching for biomarkers in the body that will help to reveal how effective the vaccine is. Currently, there is no valid biomarker for tuberculosis which makes it more difficult to test new vaccine candidates.

The project will also attempt to find out why some people are infected with the disease and others are not. "Understanding their immune system and how it is controlled could help achieve a more effective prophylactic therapy," explained África González-Fernández, co-ordinator of BIOCAPS.

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