FASEB Releases Article on the Science Behind Vaccines

By | October 8, 2015

“Vaccines: Essential Weapons in the Fight Against Disease,” is the newest article in the Breakthroughs in Bioscience Series

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released the latest publication in its Breakthroughs in Bioscience series, “Vaccines: Essential Weapons in the Fight Against Disease.” This article explores the basic science discoveries that led to the understanding of the human immune system and strategies to develop safe and effective vaccines.

Vaccines are powerful and safe weapons in the fight against disease.  They have averted more than 100 million cases of disease in the United States and continue to prevent 2.5 million deaths globally each year. By answering some very basic questions, such as what enables a guinea pig to defend itself against a toxin, how do starfish and other animals without stomachs digest food, and what protects fruit flies from fungal infections, researchers laid the foundation for an impressive vaccine armory to fight infectious disease.

Breakthroughs in Bioscience is a collection of illustrated articles that highlight recent developments in basic biomedical research and explain how they impact medicine and human health. Print copies of this and other Breakthroughs articles are available at no cost for educational or advocacy purposes and can be requested by visiting our website.