The next factory for lifesaving drugs could be the human body itself.
Scientists are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts the human body’s ability to quickly create antibodies, its main weaponry for fighting disease, say researchers with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The new method of vaccine production would involve giving the body instructions for making certain antibodies. Because the body would be its own bioreactor, the vaccine could be produced much faster than traditional methods and the result would be a higher level of protection, said Col. Daniel Wattendorf, a clinical geneticist with DARPA, the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense charged with developing new technologies for the military. More here: DARPA develops a way for humans to produce their own lifesaving vaccines