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Monday, April 11, 2016

Self-Mutating Vaccines

DARPA Is Investigating Self-Mutating Vaccines to Take Down Viruses

American military wants to play slippery viruses at their own game

Alan Martin | April 11, 2010

Viruses, by their very nature, are really tricky to deal with. We find a solution, they evolve, and suddenly our solution no longer works. Flu is a typical example of this, which is why the vaccine is refreshed each year at great expense.
But flu is among the least of our viral problems; Zika, Ebola and Dengue are far more of a risk.
How do you begin to deal with viruses that mutate quicker than we can provide vaccines or antivirals?

Researchers at the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University claim the Ebola virus (transmission electron micrograph image shown) is mutating rapidly. The findings show it is becoming more difficult to diagnose and treat. Future vaccines could also be less effective as mutations continue
Ebola virus is 'mutating rapidly', experts warn. Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Is this the toughest virus in the world? Organism self-mutates to infect in extreme environments. Scientists have found unique genetic mutation in deep sea creatures. The virus targets one of its own genes to help infect host cells. Scientists believe archaea also alters genes in 'molecular arms race'. Mutations in archaea and virus could help aid survival in extremes. March 24, 2015)>

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