You might remember on Science or Fiction a fortnight back one of the options was regarding a 'new' variant of the whooping cough bacterium, Bordetella pertussis
, having mutated around the vaccine:
"A new study finds that the whooping cough epidemic currently occurring in Australia is mostly due to a new strain of B. pertussis which is not well covered by the vaccine"
Well it turns out that the interpreation of the research in the description in Science or Fiction isn't correct. Maybe Jay could call for a do-over?
Anyway, here's the result of my fortnight of reading over the whooping cough literature. Any feedback is appreciated, my aim is to make complex topics in immunology as approachable to the general public as possible.http://lymphosite.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/b_pertussis/