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October 19, 2005

In a crisis, creating DNA vaccine could help save lives, slow spread of 'bird flu'

Topics: Health Issues

According to British biochemical engineers, researchers scrambling to combat a virulent form of bird flu that could mutate into a form easily spread among humans should consider developing vaccines based on DNA. They say that DNA vaccines can be produced more rapidly than conventional vaccines and could possibly save thousands of lives if a global influenza outbreak occurs. If sufficient conventional vaccine isn't available, it could turn out to be a potent weapon.

Although a DNA vaccine should only be used as needed to slow the spread of the disease because the technique is largely untested in humans, it might be possible to quickly produce a DNA vaccine by adapting the manufacturing processes of selected biopharmaceutical and antibiotic plants in countries such as the United States, China and India.

Tags: Bird flu, H5N1, Avian Influenza

Posted by Richard at October 19, 2005 9:30 PM

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