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classical vaccination approach, which uses an attenuated or inactive form of a
pathogen to trigger a specific immune response, is unsuccessful against many
serious infectious diseases, including AIDS, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and
Chikungunya. The teams of the IDMIT department at the François Jacob Institute
of Biology are interested in the mechanisms of infection and pathogen entry,
the response of the infected organism, and the first steps in the immune
response. By improving these bodies of knowledge, the teams are able to
participate in the development and validation of novel vaccine strategies, in
addition to new prophylaxes and therapies.
laboratories of the François Jacob Institute of biology can be mobilized by the
government during a health crisis, particularly an epidemic. This was the case
during the mad cow disease crisis (a post mortem diagnostic test was developed
in Fontenay-aux-Roses to distinguish between healthy and diseased animals),
during the avian influenza epidemic, and even more recently during the
Chikungunya epidemics in Réunion and the Antilles.
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