I, Science Radio – 7 Jan 2019

On this week’s show: New Year book recommendations; microbiome transfer in hospitals; decoding brain waves; the white polar bear experiment, and Veganuary.

Could Alzheimer’s disease be prevented with a vaccine?

A vaccine could be designed to cause the body’s own immune system to recognise and target the protein aggregates thought to underlie the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Such approaches have been developed but all failed in high profile clinical trials. Why have these promising approaches not yet been successful?