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Polymer Patches May Enable Effective DNA Vaccines 83

Zothecula writes "Taking a two-month-old in for vaccination shots and watching them get stuck with six needles in rapid succession can be painful for child and parent alike. If the work of an MIT team of researchers pans out, those needles may be thing of the past thanks to a new dissolvable polymer film that allows the vaccination needle to be replaced with a patch. This development will not only make vaccinations less harrowing, but also allow for developing and delivering vaccines for diseases too dangerous for conventional techniques." The patch was designed with delivering DNA-based vaccines in mind. Thus far efforts to use DNA to generate more robust and safe vaccines has failed thanks to the immune system destroying them; the polymer film embeds itself in your skin and slowly dissolves, protecting the DNA in the process.
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Polymer Patches May Enable Effective DNA Vaccines

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  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @12:24PM (#42738435) Homepage Journal
    The launch event is in progress. There won't be a Slashdot article until it finishes, just as Slashdot generally waits until after a Stevenote or Google presentation before posting a story about the latest Apple crap or innovations in the Android world.
  • Abused how exactly? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @12:40PM (#42738621)

    Honestly I don't see a problem

    You can be easily infected by deadly viruses via any number of methods, many of which you'd never notice. A scratch with a contaminated thumbtack would be enough for most nasty viruses.

    If narcotic delivery were possible and caught on it would be a big win for everyone - the addicts wouldn't be tempted to reuse needles, and the rest of us wouldn't have to worry about used needles being improperly disposed of.

    As for a roofie patch, roofies are dangerous because they can be quickly and covertly slipped into a drink, whereas you're much more likely to notice someone putting a patch on you - even if it takes you a few minutes to notice that someone has put a sticker on you it'll still be a lot more obvious and you'll have a window of opportunity to get help before the microneedles dissolve.

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