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Smyrna lab reports milestone in Ebola vaccine work
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Smyrna lab reports milestone in Ebola vaccine work

SMYRNA, Ga. – Scientists working on an Ebola vaccine in Smyrna have announced a major milestone.

Dr. Harriet Robinson and her staff at GeoVax Labs are celebrating the bio-tech equivalent of a first inning home run -- they've created cells that mimic Ebola.

They are non-infectious cells called VLPs -- virus-like particles they predict will spur antibodies to ward off the deadly disease.

"Virus-like particles are the best vaccines because they really mimic the virus and train the immune system to recognize the virus should you be infected," said Robinson.

Robinson is a veteran scientist who developed an HIV vaccine currently in human testing. Her excitement about these stringy little blobs is contagious.

The next step in the process is animal testing, which they hope will begin in March.

Testing will first begin in rodents, then primates. They hope to perform clinical trial with humans in 2016.

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