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Vaccination by tattoo? Yep, it also works better

By Paul Wallis     Feb 8, 2008 in Health
Tats look good, but now they’re good for your health, too. German research has discovered DNA vaccines are much better than the old style intramuscular injections. DNA vaccinations are new big thing, and until now, delivery has been poor.
Strands of DNA are used to stimulate immune responses. When they work properly, they’re much more effective than other vaccines.
The trials, conducted on mice, using tattoos, produced 16 times more antibodies than conventional injections.
Science Daily has the technical information:
Tattooing is an invasive procedure done with a solid vibrating needle, causing a wound and sufficient inflammation to 'prime' the immune system. It also covers a bigger area of the skin than an injection, so the DNA vaccine can enter more cells. These effects may account for the stronger immune response arising from introducing a DNA vaccine into the body by tattooing. Of course, the tattooing approach may not be to everyone's taste -- as it is likely to hurt -- but the researchers believe that it could have a role in, for instance, routine vaccination of cattle or in delivering therapeutic (rather than prophylactic) vaccines to humans.
The pain effect isn’t likely to be much of a problem, or for long. Modern ultra fine needles are almost painless, and gas powered injections are almost instantaneous.
The important thing here is the strength of the immune response. Vaccination is a long established method of immunization, but the idea has always been effective immunization, which is now a major issue.
The spread of resistant diseases and mutations has become a big problem, and complicated the whole idea of mass vaccination. These new diseases are defined by genetic alterations, so that's what has to be addressed when trying to immunize. The DNA vaccination approach means it's a one-step process.
With a huge and growing global population, and epidemiology rapidly becoming an Olympic sport, a good cheap immunizer is priceless.
The economics of this are good. Given the seemingly endless dirge of pandemic warnings around the world, it means using a disease’s own DNA against itself.
What's the bet this becomes a fashion?
i don't think people will be able to resist using the ink as well.
Instead of TB shot scars, people will be wearing stained immunization tats showing what diseases they've had to be immunized against, like spam, the IMF, and health policies.
Make a statement, kill a disease.
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