La Jolla Institute announces 2.0 launch of major database to aid vaccine development worldwide

typing on computer keyboardSAN DIEGO – (May 5, 2009) Key improvements in a major infectious disease database that will aid vaccine development worldwide were unveiled today with the 2.0 launch of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB). The 2.0 launch was announced by a research team from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, who designed, developed and continue to host the database under a multi-million dollar NIH contract.

The IEDB is the world’s largest collection of scientific data on how the immune system responds to infectious diseases. It is freely available online to researchers worldwide at:

“With this new version, we have curated hundreds of thousands of experimental data points and created a simplified search process that will significantly assist researchers around the globe in their efforts to develop new and better vaccines,” said Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., the IEDB’s lead scientist and director of the La Jolla Institute’s Center for Infectious Disease.

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