In an attempt to prevent the rabies virus from shutting down vital defense responses in the immune system,
researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne believe they are the first to observe how
a particular protein made by the rabies virus binds to a critical cellular protein known as signal transducer
and activator of transcription 1, halting key parts of the immune response. Whether the discovery could
lead to the development of new rabies vaccines must be demonstrated.
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