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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2006. Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11471.
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Appendix A
Statement of Task

To generate new thinking about developing effective antibiotics in the future, two brainstorming workshops (one on possible new classes of antibiotics; another on immune modulation) will be organized to bring experts in microbial infections and drug development together with specialists in other areas of the biological sciences, such as cell biology, immunology, genomics, and biophysics. The workshop participants will consider how the latest biological information, technology, and research approaches can be brought to bear on the development of new classes of antibiotics and immunomodulators.

The scientific issues raised during discussion in each workshop will be captured in two short consensus reports. The reports will describe the most promising biological targets for further research and development as well as higher-risk, high-reward approaches. The reports will suggest different avenues that should be pursued in the short and long term to speed the development of new antimicrobial or immunomodulator therapies.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2006. Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11471.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2006. Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11471.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2006. Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11471.
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Humans coexist with millions of harmless microorganisms, but emerging diseases, resistance to antibiotics, and the threat of bioterrorism are forcing scientists to look for new ways to confront the microbes that do pose a danger. This report identifies innovative approaches to the development of antimicrobial drugs and vaccines based on a greater understanding of how the human immune system interacts with both good and bad microbes. The report concludes that the development of a single superdrug to fight all infectious agents is unrealistic.

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