New 'inverse vaccine' shows potential to treat multiple sclerosis, diabetes: Study

Updated: Oct 2 2023 12:27PM

New Delhi, Oct 2 (PTI) A new type of "inverse vaccine” has been shown in the lab setting to completely reverse autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, all without shutting down the rest of the immune system, according to a study.

A typical vaccine teaches the human immune system to recognise a virus or bacteria as an enemy that should be attacked.

However, the new vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) in the US does just the opposite: it removes the immune system's memory of one molecule.