A novel vaccine 'train' carries a diversely qualified team to the station
Vaccines are currently being made by tacking a natural antigen – a component of the offending microbe recognised by the immune system – onto a carrier protein. While this method has achieved significant gains in the realm of public health, the vaccines are rather limited in scope/function, and the current large protein molecule formulations have limited stability and shelf life. Sort of like a building manager with a lot of keys on their key ring, the EU-funded SUPRAVACC project's synthetic multipotent vaccines will carry multiple different immunostimulants and antigens. Their stability will get a boost from the reliance on small molecules rather than large delicate proteins. In short, the technology could revolutionise vaccine scope and vaccination speed and efficacy.
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