Silk protects unstable therapeutic compounds — No more refrigeration of vaccines and antibiotics?

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silk cocoons (Photo credit: SJ photography)

Do you own a silk dress, necktie, or other garments? As it happens, silk is not just for fashion and comfort. A recent study has shown that silk can significantly extend the shelf-lives of therapeutic compounds without having to refrigerate them.

Does having not to refrigerate therapeutics such a big deal? YES!

More than 17 million deaths around the world are due to infectious diseases. Vaccines and antibiotics are keys to the prevention and rescue of such diseases, but many of these therapeutic compounds are temperature-sensitive; they rapidly lose therapeutic activities unless kept cold during transport, storage, and handling. Continue reading –>

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