Genetically modified algae forms basis for low-cost vaccines

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Washington-based Lumen Bioscience is the first biotech company to produce a range of high-value oral biologics by engineering Spirulina, a blue-green algae. These biologics cover antibody therapeutics and vaccines - both long time unmet needs in healthcare. Springwise has reported many algae-related innovations in the past. Examples include a wooden motorbike that runs on algae oil, and a ‘living chandelier’ that absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen. Having pioneered a natural blue pigment to replace those made from petroleum last year, Lumen is aiming higher. Today, it seeks to harness the unique nutritional benefits of Spirulina in…

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