After successfully treating Ebola patients, Emory University researchers are leading a government-funded project that will test a new way of treating infectious disease.
Traditional vaccines boost the immune system’s response to infections. The new project will inject people with genetic material, such as DNA or RNA, in hopes of spurring a person’s own cells to make specific antibodies capable of fighting Ebola or other pathogens.
“The person’s body is the factory,” said Dr. James Crowe of Vanderbilt University, one of the collaborators on the project. “It’s a cool idea.”