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Vaccination in utero may cut vertical transmission

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:320
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    Vaccination in utero may reduce the vertical transmission of infectious diseases. Canadian scientists have introduced a DNA herpes vaccine into the amniotic fluid of fetal lambs and elicited a powerful immune response to it. Their hope is that this approach may eventually reduce the need for caesarean sections in women at high risk of passing on infections such as herpes and hepatitis to their offspring (Nature Medicine 2000;6:929-32).

    Dr Philip Griebel and his team at the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organisation, University of Saskatchewan, sought to …

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