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VOA Friday February 3, 2017
One-Dose Zika Vaccine Protects Laboratory Animals
An experimental Zika vaccine has been shown to be 100 percent effective in protecting laboratory animals from the virus, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Scientists say one dose of the vaccine prevents transmission of the Zika virus in the animals tested, and it appears to be a potentially powerful weapon in the global war against Zika. Messenger RNA delivers - The so-called mRNA vaccine uses genetic material from the Zika virus to protect against the mosquito-borne illness. It stands for messenger RNA, which in the body translates DNA, the blueprint for life, into proteins that carry out various biological functions. The mRNA vaccine is different from others that stimulate the immune system by using weakened or killed pathogens. Drew Weissman is an mRNA vaccinologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He developed the vaccine in collaboration with researchers at...Read More
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