Japanese researchers led by Yoshikazu Yuki, a professor at ToKio University, have developed a type of rice that produces an antibody able to fight rotavirus, which causes a large proportion of cases of gastroenteritis in neonates and young children.
More than 114 million episodes of diarrhoea each year are caused by rotavirus, which kills an estimated 600,000 children each year. In a country like the United States, rotavirus causes 60,000 children to be hospitalised each year.
Existing vaccines against this problem work in up to 851 TTP3T of cases in developed countries, but are only 401 TTP3T effective in sub-Saharan Africa.
Various public campaigns have been conducted to combat rotavirus by providing oral rehydration therapy to infected children and vaccination to prevent the disease.
The studies on this rice discovery have been published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and represent a major breakthrough in the field of rice research. medicine for children