Vaccine for Acne Targets Bacteria in the Skin’s Microbiome

Vaccine for Acne Targets Bacteria in the Skin’s Microbiome

Story Highlights Current acne treatments such as antibiotics, birth control pills, etc., have largely proven to be ineffective. A proposed vaccine to treat acne targets toxins secreted by a specific bacteria, P.acnes, which lives on the skin and is a part of the skin’s natural mircobiome. Concerns have been raised regarding the vaccine because of […]

Vaccinating Plants: A Risky Technology?

Vaccinating Plants: A Risky Technology?

In an attempt to reduce use of pesticides on crops, scientists are exploring the concept of “vaccinating” food plants to prevent them from being infected with viruses and other pathogens. Experiments are utilizing an external application of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), a naturally occurring product that is found in most organisms, to make plants resistant to certain microbes.

WHO Recommends New Typhoid Vaccine

WHO Recommends New Typhoid Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that infants and children can be given a new typhoid conjugate vaccine when it is released in 2019. After collecting five years of follow-up observation data for seroconversion, WHO officials put forward recommendations to introduce the first typhoid conjugate vaccine for infants and children over six months of age as a single dose.

White House Backs Development of Heroin Vaccine

White House Backs Development of Heroin Vaccine

On Mar. 19, 2018, the White House announced the “President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.” The program will include “supporting research and development for a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction and non-addictive pain management options.”

Synthetic Flu Vaccine Created As a Pill

Synthetic Flu Vaccine Created As a Pill

Welsh scientists from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom have developed the first synthetic, non-biologic influenza vaccine, suggesting the discovery may herald a dramatic change in the way vaccines are produced and delivered. The new vaccine can be given orally in pill form and does not need to be refrigerated, both doing…

India’s Rotavirus Vaccine Receives WHO Prequalification

India’s Rotavirus Vaccine Receives WHO Prequalification

Bharat Biotech of India announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) awarded the its rotavirus vaccine, Rotavac, prequalification status. The company introduced Rotavac into India’s national immunization program in 2016. However, the prequalification designation by the WHO is necessary for United Nations…

New Typhoid Fever Vaccine Prequalified by WHO

New Typhoid Fever Vaccine Prequalified by WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid fever. The new typhoid fever vaccine, Typbar-TCV, is produced by Bharat Biotech International of Hyderabad, India. Prequalification means that the vaccine meets the WHO’s “acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy” and will now be available to be purchased by…

Vaccine Industry Targets Type 1 Diabetes

Vaccine Industry Targets Type 1 Diabetes

Glucose—the natural sugar generated from the foods we eat— is our energy source for all cell functions. The cells, however, cannot directly access the glucose on their own. In the normal course of events, glucose crosses from the blood stream to the cells with help from a hormone…

A Polio Vaccine Made from Tobacco Leaves?

A Polio Vaccine Made from Tobacco Leaves?

Seeking an alternative to using live poliovirus to create the polio vaccine, scientists are infecting a relative of the tobacco plant with a virus “containing the genetic material of polio” to manufacture a new polio vaccine from the modified plant leaves. If the experimental technique is considered successful once the vaccines have been tested in…

Heroin Vaccine Ready for Testing on Humans

Heroin Vaccine Ready for Testing on Humans

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) of La Jolla, CA has completed pre-clinical testing of a vaccine to block the “high” effect stimulated by the opioid drug heroin and is now ready to test it in humans following tests that showed the vaccine’s effectiveness in nonhuman primates.