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Lessons from a Nobel Prize-winning vaccine designer on standing up for one’s principles

The first time I talked to Dr. Katalin Karikó on the phone, it was late 2020. I knew that Karikó had helped create mRNA vaccines — the ones developed by pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer/BioNTech (where Karikó works) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic — and I expected to discuss science.

Instead, I unexpectedly found myself wishing I knew how to speak Hungarian....

Originally posted on salon.com

Herpes vaccine tests underway by company that made COVID-19 vaccines

Ever since BioNTech and its occasional corporate partner Pfizer announced they had developed an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19, biotech researchers have salivated over the promise of using mRNA vaccines on other pathogens. That speaks to the promise of mRNA vaccines: unlike conventional vaccine platforms, mRNA vaccines can be much more easily modified to treat new viruses....

Originally posted on salon.com