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RESEARCH that could lead to the development of a recombinant vaccine to protect chickens against coccidiosis has been described in a paper recently published in PLoS Pathogens. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which helped fund the research, hopes that a recombinant vaccine, based on proteins from the causative parasite rather than being derived from a live parasite, could provide much more widespread protection to chicken flocks than is currently possible.
Funded by the BBSRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, the research was carried out by an international team.
Coccidiosis, a disease caused by Eimeria parasites that develop within the …