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Vaccine Design and Testing – News and Features

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Most US Parents Plan To Vaccinate Their Children Against the “Tripledemic”

The first national study of its kind suggests that most US parents plan to vaccinate their children against influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.
Colorized 3D prints of HIV virus particles.

Greater CD8+ T-Cell Activity May Increase HIV Immunity

An effective HIV vaccine may need to prompt strong responses from immune cells called CD8+ T cells to protect people from acquiring HIV, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
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Synthetic DNA Advances Will Catalyze the Next Wave of Biotherapeutic Innovation

This article explores how biopharmaceutical organizations seeking to remain competitive must adopt innovations, like cell-free long DNA synthesis, to unleash the potential of synthetic biology and accelerate therapeutic development across all facets of genetic medicine.

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Compact DNA Sequencers Monitor Malaria Drug Resistance in Near Real-Time

Scientists have developed a technique to rapidly and reliably detect genetic changes in malaria parasites in Ghana, using just a gaming laptop and portable sequencer.
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Studying the Evolutionary History of Flu Viruses Shapes Vaccine Development

Studying the evolutionary history of influenza viruses to quantitatively analyze how they evolved may help predict future strains and guide vaccine development.
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AI Identifies Potential Gonorrhea Vaccine Targets

Researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify promising target proteins with the potential for development into a vaccine against gonorrhea.
Oversized syringe containing a vaccine being injected into the world.

Next-Gen mRNA Technology: A Crucial Pandemic Preparedness Tool

Drew Burch discusses how next-gen mRNA technology is one of the most valuable tools to combat and control disease outbreaks and why continued investment in this field is crucial for maintaining our pandemic preparedness.
A COVID-19 protein.

COVID Infection Linked to 6-Fold Increase in Guillain-Barre Syndrome Risk

A new study ties COVID-19 infection to an increased risk of a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks, while mRNA vaccination was linked to a decreased risk of the rare but serious autoimmune disease.
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (purple) infected with the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (green), isolated from an individual.

Study Uncovers Why Young Children Suffer Less Severe COVID-19

A study of infants and young children found those who acquired SARS-CoV-2 had a strong, sustained antibody response to the virus and high levels of inflammatory proteins in the nose but not in the blood.
MRSA bacterial.

Unconventional Vaccine Could Combat MRSA

What if a vaccine, given to patients just before or after arriving at the hospital, could protect them against lethal superbugs that lurk in health care settings? That’s the premise behind this experimental vaccine.