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Quest for Edible Malarial Vaccine Leads to Other Potential Medical Uses for Algae
April 19, 2013
Can scientists rid malaria from the Third World by simply feeding algae, genetically engineered with a vaccine to mammals? That's the question biologists at the University of California, San Diego, sought to answer after they demonstrated last May that algae can be engineered to produce a vaccine that blocks malaria transmission. In a follow-up study, the biologists got their answer: Not yet, although the same method may work as a vaccine against a wide variety of viral and bacterial infections.
University of California, San Diego
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