Moderna mRNA "hacked" by scientists, posted online
DW, 02 Apr 2021
It’s considered one of the most effective COVID-19 vaccines. Now, scientists say they’ve hacked the genetic sequence behind Moderna’s revolutionary mRNA vaccine - and shared the code with the world online - for free. The Stanford University researchers sequenced Moderna's patented drug by studying leftover vaccine vials - with permission from US authorities. The mRNA is the key mechanism used in this vaccine. It triggers the body’s own cells to produce the protein needed to defeat the coronavirus.
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