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Logo_AntigoneThe overall purpose of ANTIGONE is to understand why some viruses and bacteria that originate from animals cause epidemics or even pandemics in humans whilst others do not (yet) or, in other words, to identify the key factors that contribute to the emergence of pathogens with human pandemic potential from pathogens with a zoonotic background.

A growing number of animal viruses (like SARS and influenza) succeed in infecting humans. This may lead to worldwide outbreaks of disease. If only we could predict such outbreaks, we would be able to take the necessary protective measures. Please visit the Antigone website for more detailed information.