Biotechnology Firm Run By Teens Wants to Use Mosquitoes to Carry Vaccines

Biotechnology Firm Run By Teens Wants to Use Mosquitoes to Carry Vaccines

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science lab teen CEO of ProvitaPharmaceuticalsProvita Pharmaceutical is working on a project (with funding from the Gates Foundation) to use mosquitoes to help carry vaccines against the West Nile Virus.

The first goal: to genetically engineer mosquitoes so that they can produce and deliver a vaccine via their saliva. It’s a new twist on research being done elsewhere to breed sterile mosquitoes in malaria-infested areas.

And, everyone on the 15-plus person Provita team, from research and development workers to finance officers, is under the age of 18 and still in high school.

(READ the full story from Fast CoExist)


COMMENTS

  1. Having read the full article, I think it’s an excellent idea to encourage teenagers to learn in science and business. Far better than sitting at home playing video games – a wonderful program.

    In regard to the flying vaccines, West Nile Virus KILLS. If the same mosquito could make me feel a little unwell or dead, I know which I’d choose.