By Cathy O’Leary, Medical Editor
Annual flu protection could soon be as simple as downing a spoonful of yoghurt, with the results from a groundbreaking trial by WA scientist Barry Marshall paving the way for food-based vaccines.
The success of a human trial at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is seen as a major step towards revolutionising a multi-billion dollar global industry, allowing vaccines to be produced quickly and cheaply.
Dr Marshall is using the same Helicobacter pylori bacteria that he and fellow scientist Robin Warren discovered caused stomach ulcers, earning the pair the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2005.
He has proven that harmless strains of the bacteria can piggyback vaccines without causing adverse side effects.
Results from the trial of 30 patients………..