The relative importance of GBS as a cause of meningitis has grown considerably in recent years.

The relative importance of GBS as a cause of meningitis has grown considerably in recent years. GBS is responsible for over 85 % of bacterial meningitis in children under two months old, says Edwards. Vaccination with the newer pneumococcal vaccines has led to enormous reductions in meningitis from these bacteria. . Currently the trial is already underway for a developed GBS vaccine from Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics.

The effects of invasive GBS infection in infants is just over 2,000 cases per year in the United States. Among those with infection of the bloodstream, 10 to 20 % can also develop meningitis.Walter Gehring. In 2002, Prof. Gehring awarded the Balzan Prize for Developmental Biology in and, as in the Balzan regulations, uses half of all million Swiss francs in prize money established fund a research project with young scientists. Lydia Michaut, a young staff by Walter Gehring of was given the opportunity to start this effort.. Complex insects has compound eyes and vertebrates inverse lens eyes. Although these types of eyes are very different in their structure, the same genes be employed in the early stages of development. To a greater understanding of know how the activity out of identical genes out of lead to the development of extremely different types of eyes, it is essential know exactly how all the relevant genes behave.

The International Balzan Foundation regular grants a separate special prize for humanity, Peace and fraternity between peoples.