Fascinating research going on with developing a Lyme vaccine using programmable synthetic antigens (proteins that trigger immune response) programmed to get the immune system to respond as if it were Bb microbe, without actually using the real Bb microbe or DNA...
Will be interesting to see where this goes and what happens when it's used on people and if it can be used on people who already have the Bb infection./www.yahoo.com/tech/researchers-want-train-body-fight-190232433.html
"Khan’s nanomaterials package the messenger RNA as nanoparticles, which can enter cells, mimic viral infections, raise cellular alarms, and use the instructions contained within the RNA to activate the cell’s defenses.
“Our programmable RNA vaccines are quite different from traditional vaccines because [ours] are fully synthetic,” Khan told Digital Trends.
“They do not require living systems to grow and produce the final product.
Also, unlike typical vaccines, no matter what the disease target is, this efficient production method is identical every time.”
So far, Chahal and Kahn have successfully immunized mice to Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and a relative of the parasite that causes malaria, Toxoplasma gondii, with 100 percent effectiveness. But they aren’t limited to these three diseases.
When the scientists want to prep an immune system for a different disease, they say they can reprogram the RNA to deliver the relevant alternative antigens. As such, the next diseases they intend to target include the Zika virus and Lyme disease."