Protein May Protect Against STDs (1 of 4) (image) American Association for the Advancement of Science Share Print E-Mail Caption This shows Professor Paul Hertzog (center), Dr. Ka Yee Fung (left) and Dr. Niamh Mangan (right), from the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University. The three are key members of the team who discovered and characterized the important new molecule, interferon epsilon, found exclusively in the female reproductive tract and thought to be important in protecting against STIs. This image relates to a paper that appeared in the March 1, 2013, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by Ka Yee Fung at Monash University in Clayton, VIC, Australia, and colleagues was titled, "Interferon- εProtects the Female Reproductive Tract from Viral and Bacterial Infection." Credit [Image courtesy of Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Monash Institute of Medical Research] Usage Restrictions Please cite the owner of the image when publishing. This image may be freely used by reporters as part of news coverage, with proper attribution. Non-reporters must contact Science for permission. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.