Posted Jan 8:
The US’ first vaccine approval for insects.
The USDA granted Dalan Animal Health a “conditional license for vaccination of honeybees against American Foulbrood disease caused by Paenibacillus larvae.”
As the NYT explains:
Before you start imagining a tiny syringe being inserted into a bee, the vaccine, which contains dead versions of the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae, comes in the form of food. The vaccine is incorporated into royal jelly, a sugar feed given to queen bees. Once they ingest it, the vaccine is then deposited in their ovaries, giving developing larvae immunity as they hatch.
U.S.D.A. Approves First Vaccine for Honeybees
[The New York Times]
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