Coronavirus could be the turning point for genetic vaccines, a 30-year-old technology that has not fulfilled its promise
David B. Weiner is known in scientific circles as “the father of DNA vaccines.” The tag pays homage to his pioneering work over 30 years, but it’s also a reminder that his baby is still aborning.Not a single human DNA vaccine has made it to market anywhere in the world, and the technology is still rapidly evolving.The pandemic may be the moment of truth. Genetic code vaccines — built with DNA or RNA — are strong front-runners in the global race to develop an immunization against the coronavirus that has claimed nearly half a million lives worldwide since it emerged in China seven months ago.In...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Steve Hummer: Enough of this 'new normal' — I want my old normal back
Two words that have dominated this year singe my ear hair whenever I hear them: New. Normal.A new normal is seldom good a thing. Rather than describing some great advance, like gene therapy or the Popeyes’ chicken sandwich, the phrase always is applied to concessions forced upon us by difficult times. It’s a nine-letter coping mechanism, more palatable, one assumes, than just spelling out that “things have turned to hot garbage, so, deal with it.”You don’t embrace the new normal, you grudgingly adjust to it, as you did when making the transition from progressive to classic rock.Oh, for the old...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution