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Vaccines: Subunit

  1. Stefan Ståhl,
  2. Sissela Liljeqvist

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000490



How to Cite

Ståhl, S. and Liljeqvist, S. 2001. Vaccines: Subunit. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Subunit vaccines, both purified native components of pathogens and vaccines developed and produced by recombinant techniques, are now dominating in the strive for an ideal vaccine. Subunit vaccines are highly attractive alternatives to the classical vaccines consisting of live attenuated or killed whole bacteria or viruses.


  • vaccine development;
  • recombinant;
  • protein vaccine;
  • surface display;
  • live bacteria;
  • viral vector;
  • DNA vaccine;
  • RNA vaccine