DNA Vaccines Explained

DNA Vaccines Explained

Last week, we overviewed vaccine development and manufacture, focusing on those that use whole pathogens to protect us from a disease. This week, we examine subunit, polysaccharide, and DNA/RNA-based vaccines, which use different strategies to fight infection. We also...
Vaccines: Powerful Simplicity

Vaccines: Powerful Simplicity

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, governments, citizens, and healthcare workers everywhere turn their hopes to a new vaccine that will stop transmission. This WEEKLY takes a look at different types of vaccines and their manufacture, as well as what kind of...
This Virus Wears A Crown

This Virus Wears A Crown

This will come as news to none of you, but in the very off chance you’ve been on a media diet, now hear this: the latest iteration of the coronavirus is not, in fact, associated in any way with the Mexican beer best known for its affinity to limes and salt. The new...
The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

Last week, we examined cell lines—what they are, where they come from, and how companies use them in the discovery phase of drug development. This week, we turn to the critical role of cell lines in making those drugs. Although all drugs restore or improve our health,...