Study: Learning from pre-pandemic data to forecast viral antibody escape. Image Credit: Corona Borealis Studio / Shutterstock.com

Predicting viral antibody escape using pre-pandemic data

A fundamental aspect of pandemic preparation is being able to predict viral evolution under dynamic immunological limitations. In viral diseases, immune recognition and evasion are linked, as these two properties can result in rapid evolution and alterations in the virulence of viruses.  Most observations made through pandemic surveillance are confined to forecasting observed mutations. Unfortunately, …

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