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DISSECT


SARS

Development of intervention strategies against SARS in a European -Chinese taskforce

EC contribution
: € 2 375 892
Duration
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/10/2004
Instrument
: STREP
Keywords
: SARS, vaccines, antivirals, immunotherapy, Coronavirus
Project Number
: SP22-CT-2004-511060
Web-site
: http://www.cnb.csic.es/~webcoron/EUprojectdissect

Summary:

An attenuated live recombinant vaccine, inactivated vaccines, different antivirals, and immune strategies to prevent and protect against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been developed. In addition, a microarray system to diagnose SARS patients has been designed. The efficacy of these tools has been tested in animal models developed by the consortium.

Problem:

The potential re-emergence of SARS, mostly due to the presence of recent ancestors of the virus in the bat population.

Aim:

To prevent, diagnose, and cure SARS Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) infections.

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