Collaborative effort spawns flu vaccine in one week

05/16/2013 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Scientists at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics made a synthetic flu vaccine in one week -- the result of a collaboration with the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the J. Craig Venter Institute. The CDC provided researchers with parts of the genetic code for an unidentified flu virus, and the researchers used enzymes and a custom software program to synthesize an effective vaccine. The work is described in Science Translational Medicine.

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