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Date:12/3/2007

in eventually," especially if the body is exposed to large doses of pathogen, as is likely during a bioterror incident.

"If you are at the epicenter of the attack, and there are high concentrations of bacteria around, I would be shocked if the innate immune system could handle that," he said.

Study senior author Dr. Burton Dickey and Scott have formed a company called Pulmotect to commercialize ALIIS. Clinical trials are in the planning stages, Scott said, but will have to wait at least until safety and efficacy studies in other animal models can be completed.

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For more information on infectious disease, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Brenton L. Scott, Ph.D, MBA, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Houston; Steven B. Mizel, Ph.D., professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Wake Forest University Health Center; Dec. 3, 2007, presentation, American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, Washington, D.C.


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