Nigerian University Scientist Invents New DNA Vaccine


Professor Nasiru Shua’ibu of Biochemical Parasitology Department, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has devised a new malaria vaccine.

Prof. Shu’aibu who is currently working with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Japan, made this known on Tuesday while speaking newsmen Zaria.

According to him, the result of the research on the new vaccine would soon be out for Nigerians to use. “In a simple term that a layman can understand, the content of this malaria vaccine research is difficult, but let me try if I could simplify it, it is called DNA Vaccine.

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He added that the amount of DNA from the malaria parasite was very minute in quantity and to expand the quantity, Polymerase Chain Reaction was used.

“It is a new technology for discovery and delivery of vaccine against any infectious disease that was developed in mid 1990s.

“The DNA of the malaria parasite was extracted and the portion of the DNA that is tested to be a good vaccine candidate is subjected to molecular biology methods which are used to produce a lot of the DNA,” he said.


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