Pollen could help deliver more effective vaccines, says DARPA

GSN | Nov 28, 2012

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.

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