A vaccine that would alter the genome?

NIH clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

NIH.gov | 3-16-20

A Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in Seattle...

The investigational vaccine was developed using a genetic platform called mRNA (messenger RNA). The investigational vaccine directs the body’s cells to express a virus protein that it is hoped will elicit a robust immune response. The mRNA-1273 vaccine has shown promise in animal models, and this is the first trial to examine it in humans.

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Some question whether the "messenger" platform for its development is safe since it could inject substances in to the genome of the person. This is discussed in the below video at about the 25-minute mark.

Human Tissue and Bone Tissue Replacement?

Researchers Create Novel Nanostructured Material That Could Replace Human Tissue

Loukia Papadopoulos | 3-16-20 | InterestingEngineering.com

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By Jawahar Swaminathan and MSD staff
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Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have created a new material that could soon replace human tissue. The novel material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body… The foundation of the material is the same as plexiglass that has been redesigned through nanostructuring. Funnily enough, the researchers stumbled accidentally on the soft material while trying to produce a hard material that could serve as a bone replacement.

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Likewise, a new substance has been engineered to replace bone tissue.

The material has a 3D mineral structure that has bone cells, nerve cells and endothelial cells that self organize into blood vessels exactly like a real bone... The material has a 3D mineral structure that has bone cells, nerve cells and endothelial cells that self organize into blood vessels exactly like a real bone... Because the researchers were able to embed cells in minerals the new material holds a lot of promise when it comes to studying bone function, diseases, and bone regeneration. With the material... researchers can examine how bone cells attract certain types of cancers, how cancer cells move throughout bones and marrow function...

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1

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Would you let your conscience be your guide?

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