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Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Could Offer Lifelong Protection From the Flu 156

An anonymous reader writes "A new experimental flu vaccine made out of messenger RNA that may work for life is now being developed. German researchers said on Sunday that the vaccine, made of the genetic material that controls the production of proteins, protected animals against influenza and, unlike traditional vaccines, it may work for life and can potentially be manufactured quickly enough to stop a pandemic (abstract)."
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Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Could Offer Lifelong Protection From the Flu

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  • Great idea .... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DaMattster ( 977781 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @07:35PM (#42099919)
    But here is why it will never happen. The world's pharmaceutical companies that make money through yearly flu vaccinations will be fighting this thing tooth and nail. The profit loss from effectively eradicating the flu virus stands to be in the billions. Big Pharma will try and get it banned, labeled as unsafe, or do some other shifty thing to see that this idea is buried.
  • Here is the catch: (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Monday November 26, 2012 @07:39PM (#42099943) Journal

    If the vaccine works in people,

    That is the catch. It has not worked so far in people, or animals for that matter. But $scientist speculates it might. Till more data comes through we should soak the RNA in snake oil before freeze drying it.

  • Re:Great idea .... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26, 2012 @08:08PM (#42100165)

    This is why it is being done in Germany. Countries with socialized health care systems are putting a lot of funding into permanent cures.
    It is why when I graduate I will probably end up going to another country to work for a while. If you want to want to do permanent cures for disease then the USA is not currently the place to do it, the profit motive of medicine in the USA basically works against it happening.

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