The Jakarta Post, 15 Desember 2010
BOGOR: A researcher in Bogor claims he was on the verge of finding a vaccine for the avian virus and diarrhea when he had to suspend his research due to a lack of funding.
Rahmat Hidayat of the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) said his one-year-old research, which involved creating a cocktail of the H5N1 virus, E-Coli and S. Enteritidis bacteria, had to be stopped due to budget constraints.
“We have been working on the research for one year now and we already have a result called Imunoglobin Yolk (Ig Y) in the form of spray dry yolk, freeze yolk and yolk essence,” Rahmat said Monday at an international seminar at the IPB campus in Bogor.
He said the Imunoglobin Yolk (lg Y) had the potential to fight the H5N1 virus, diarrhea-causing bacteri Escherichiacoli and Salmonella enteritidis.
Rahmat said the vaccine could potentially prove to be a savior for the thousands of poor people in the country who suffer from diarrhea, as well as a cure for bird flu.
“Since the government does not give us the funds, we must now hope that the private sector will lend a hand,” he said. — JP