Pollen could help deliver more effective vaccines, says DARPA
By Mark Rockwell
The tiny pollen grains that cause untold misery to many people with allergies every spring and summer could be a key in delivering effective vaccines against natural and man-made health threats, according to a U.S. military research agency.
According to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA), one of the researchers receiving mentorship and funding through the agency’s 2012 Young Faculty Awards (YFA) program is a scientist studying novel methods for packaging and delivery of orally consumed vaccines. His tool of choice is pollen, said DARPA on Nov. 27.