by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
Love in the Time of Cholera, written by Gabriel García Márquez is one of my favorite books of all time, but were I to be exposed to the disease and contract it, I certainly wouldn’t feel so romantically inspired. Márquez even says in the book, “There is no greater glory than to die for love,” but to die for a genetically modified bacteria? Please continue.
Cholera (KOL-er-a) is an illness that results from infection of the large intestine by Vibrio cholerae bacteria. It can cause watery (and deadly) diarrhea, vomiting, circulatory collapse, and shock – to such an extent that people die from it. There hasn’t been a major outbreak of cholera in the US.. since 1910, but worldwide it still affects millions of people.
Now, PaxVax is looking to Australian government officials to conduct a clinical trial of a genetically modified live bacterial vaccine against cholera.