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That's why some researchers think that caterpillar cells might make better flu-vaccine factories than chicken eggs.
Using caterpillar cells as factories instead of chicken eggs, scientists could make quicker changes if they realized that the vaccine they were currently making would not be effective against the coming flu season's strain.
A new influenza vaccine churned out by caterpillar cells prevents the flu, researchers say.
In the nuclei of caterpillar cells infected with baculoviruses, viral progeny multiply and are incorporated into protective polyhedron-shaped protein structures called occlusion bodies.
Additionally, during VRBPAC's November 2009 meeting, NVIC's Fisher questioned the potential for insect virus contamination of an experimental H1N1 vaccine grown in caterpillar cells.