Hepatitis C vaccine breakthrough
Associate Professor Heidi Drummer, from the institute’s Centre for Virology, said hepatitis C was one of the most highly variable viruses circulating in the world.
“Hepatitis C has a great ability to change its structure and evade the immune response. This makes vaccine development challenging,” Professor Drummer said.
Professor Drummer said her team’s approach was based on gaining a better understanding of the major surface protein of the virus, which is the target of the antibody response.
“Our vaccine is unique as