Thursday , March 4 2021

Moderna, discover how Pfizer is using mRNA science in COVID vaccines



Staff reports
| America today

In the race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine, scientists turned to a new technology that involves our body’s own genetic process.

DNA produces protein-producing RNA inside our cells. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines transport RNA to our cells through vaccination in a lipid or fat membrane. This RNA then tells our cells to produce a protein similar to the one found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and causing COVID-19.

Our immune system recognizes the virus’s protein as an invader and produces antibodies to prevent the protein from multiplying in a future infection.

Jason McLellan, with teams at the University of Texas and the National Institutes of Health, helped develop this new vaccine science. This explainer of how vaccines work has guided studies with augmented reality.

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USA Today demonstrates Covid-19 mRNA vaccination process in augmented reality

USA Today demonstrates Covid-19 mRNA vaccination process in augmented reality

Staff Reports, USA TODAY

See a full interactive story about RNA technology in the Augmented Reality section of the USA TODAY app. To access “New COVID Vaccine science”:

  • Download the latest version of the USA TODAY app to your Android or iOS AR enabled device.
  • Open the app and search for Augmented Reality in the Sections at the bottom of your screen.

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