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RNA-based Vaccines have Distinct Advantages, study reveals

Production of conventional vaccines, which involves the use of live-attenuated or purified protein subunits of pathogens, is a long and complex process. Nucleic acid vaccines are safer alternatives, and allow easy adjustment of antigen to target specific pathogens. DNA-based vaccines pose the risks of the DNA being incorporated into the genome of cells and anti-DNA antibody generation. Hence, RNA-based vaccines have distinct advantages and are considered safer.

Young Adults Were Undernourished as Preschool Children Linked to Hear Loss

From a new study, researchers analyzed that young adults who were undernourished as preschool children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as their better-nourished peers. The relationship between the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults in Nepal and their nutritional levels as children 16 years earlier. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.