A cholera vaccine...in rice?

by Gene on Jun. 23rd, 2007

Researchers in Japan have developed a strain of rice that, when ground into a powder, acts as a vaccine for cholera. The rice has been modified to trick the body into producing an immune response, thus leaving you protected if you later encounter the bacteria.

The rice has only been tested in mice so far. If it work in human trials, it may be a major advance in the fight against cholera, as the rice powder can be stored more easily than the current vaccine.

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