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The New Vaccines

Genomic vaccines are poised to make a splash, writes Geoffrey Ling from the Uniformed Services University of Health Science and Johns Hopkins University at Scientific American.

"Genomic vaccines promise to offer many advantages, including fast manufacture when a virus, such as Zika or Ebola, suddenly becomes more virulent or widespread," Ling says.

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