Vaccination by "gene-gun" prevents allergies in mice

11/4/2004 | Reuters

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Germany used a helium-powered device to bombard the skin of mice with DNA-coated gold particles that prevented overproduction of antibodies that cause allergic symptoms. The experiment using DNA from substances that trigger allergies required less DNA to induce an immune reaction than standard injection methods, according to an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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