A plant-based vaccine against Zika virus is developed at the Arizona State University


Dr Qiang Chen said: “Our vaccine offers improved safety and potentially lowers the production costs more than any other current alternative, and with equivalent effectiveness.” Their Zika vaccine targets a key protein which envelopes the outside of the virus. However, it will be a long way to use the vaccine on humans. A special requirement exists for the Zika vaccine: “the people who will need it most, pregnant women, have the most worries about their own health, and the health of the fetus.”

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Dr Qiang Chen

Governments, academic laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies invested heavily in stopping the virus. Maybe this time the problem can be solved.  Dr. Chen , a molecular biologist with more than a decade of experience, is a Professor at the School of Life Sciences and a faculty member at the Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy in the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University.  Flavivirus therapeutics and vaccine development and the modulation of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of viral infections are part of their research focus.


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