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Why resistance is common in antibiotics, but rare in vaccines

By Celia Souque, Postdoctoral Researcher, Microbiology, University of Oxford
Louis du Plessis, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford
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Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem to the extent that there is a grave risk that common infections will soon become untreatable. Meanwhile, vaccines developed nearly a century ago still protect us from deadly diseases. What might explain this difference?

Bacteria have evolved resistance to every…


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