Not Just For Show, Tattoos May Help Deliver Vaccines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/08

Not Just For Show, Tattoos May Help Deliver Vaccines

Researchers in Germany have found a new way to deliver much needed vaccines. One being the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer. The answer is in the tattoo.

The test hasn't been trield on people, but it works in mice. The DNA based vaccines are proving to be just as effective as when it is given through a normal injection. In fact, mice with the vaccine tattoos showed a higher level of antibodys. This means they even had a stronger immune response.

Researchers say since tattooing covers a bigger area of skin, the vaccine can enter more cells immediately.

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