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Domino Effects From Battles Against Microbes

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Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 351-353
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.351

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Some of the most groundbreaking studies presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy last month emphasized that successes in the eternal battle against microscopic bugs often have far-reaching domino effects. An antiviral medication that eases the symptoms of genital herpes might also prevent transmission of the virus that causes it. Another analysis pushed for immunizing all infants against the influenza virus. In one negative consequence of widespread vaccinations, however, protecting children against chickenpox might make their grandparents' generation more susceptible to a malady caused by the same virus.