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Cell Discovery Could Lead to Strep Throat Vaccine

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A new study clarifies how Group A Streptococcus (strep) bacteria resist the human immune system.

The research could eventually lead to the development of a safe vaccine against strep throat, necrotising fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), and rheumatic heart disease.

Previous efforts to develop a strep throat vaccine had resulted in immune system reactions that caused other diseases such as rheumatic fever and heart damage, says co-lead author Jason Cole of the University of Queensland School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

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