A Synthetic Vaccine

Synthetic biology could help hasten vaccine development, writes Susan Young at MIT's Technology Review. She writes that Novartis is trying out chemically synthesizing viral genomes to grow in tissue culture rather than the standard approach of growing flu viruses up in chicken eggs for vaccine production.

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