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Scientists develop vaccine strategy for peanut allergy

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:894
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Researchers believe that they may be close to developing a new strategy to combat anaphylactic allergies-such as the increasingly common allergy to peanuts-in which doctors induce tolerance using an oral formulation containing a gene from the offending allergen.

    Many established allergies have been traditionally treated by immunotherapy, in which subcutaneous injections of progressively increasing doses of purified allergen are given; a strategy that is effective only in some circumstances. Dr Kam Leong, professor of biomedical engineering at …

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