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Adventitious Detection

Rotarix, RotaTeq discoveries point to new framework for managing vaccine safety

May 17, 2010 7:00 AM UTC

Now that an academic researcher using new sequencing technology has detected foreign viral DNA in a live attenuated rotavirus vaccine, vaccine developers would be smart - and may eventually be required - to test all of their animal-derived vaccine materials with state-of-the-art technologies to ensure against contamination.

This testing will modestly slow down development and cost a bit more at the front end, and probably will reinforce efforts by vaccine companies to use non-animal derived materials...