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Stabilizing Vaccines with Silk

New technology may bypass the need to keep vaccines cold by stabilizing them with silk.
Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

Program Description

At the moment, vaccines must be kept cold up until the moment that they are administered to a patient. This poses a problem in the developing world where infrastructure can interrupt the refrigeration during storage and transport. Numerous labs and companies are working to solve the problem. For instance, one Cambridge-based startup called Vaxess is using an extract from silk to stabilize vaccines, and their preliminary results are promising.