London: Scientists claim to have achieveda major breakthrough by identifying the genetic factors whichmake people more vulnerable to meningitis, thus raising hopesof developing a vaccine for the deadliest form of the disease. An international team has, in fact, pinpointed afamily of genes involved in the body`s immune response thatrender people more or less susceptible to the infection, the`Nature Genetics` journal reported. For their research, the scientists scoured the geneticcodes of 6,000 people for clues to why certain individuals arevulnerable to attacks by meningococcal meningitis than others.
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