By Yngve Vogt.
ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2012) — The vaccines of the future against infections, influenza and cancer can be administered using an electrical pulse and a specially produced DNA code from the University of Oslo. The DNA code programs the body’s own cells to produce a super-fast missile defence against the disease.
Researchers at the University of Oslo, Norway have developed a new type of DNA vaccine that can be used effectively against viruses and cancer. Studies reveal that the new vaccine triggers a powerful immune response. The vaccine has been tested on mice. Now the researchers hope the vaccine can be tested clinically.
This vaccine has an additional advantage. At the moment, vaccines require the inclusion of immuno-activating substances. These substances are called adjuvants and are generally composed of oil-based mixtures or aluminium salts. Adjuvants initiate local and often painful inflammation at the injection site. This inflammation fools the immune system into reacting to the vaccine.