Volume 90 Issue 29 | p. 41 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Silk Film Acts As Vaccine Preservative

Technique could replace costly refrigeration for vaccine use in developing world
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: vaccine, silk

Researchers at Tufts University report that silk can keep vaccines from degrading without refrigeration (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1206210109). The finding could help vaccine treatments reach more people in the developing world, where refrigeration is scarce and vaccines often heat up and lose potency before they can be administered. David L. Kaplan and colleagues dissolved . . .

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