Published in Vaccine Weekly, May 18th, 1998
S. Gupta, N. Ferguson, and R. Anderson, all at the University of Oxford in the U.K., presented their ideas in the May 8, 1998, issue of Science ("Chaos, Persistence, and Evolution of Strain Structure in Antigenically Diverse Infectious Agents").
The body responds to an infection with a barrage of antibodies, which target antigens on the surface of the invading pathogens. The authors' model suggests that there are three possible outcomes in terms of how strains...
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