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  Copycat is best strategy of all, bar none

Photo of article Can a copycat strategy be a good thing? New EU-funded research sheds light on why imitating others is not only natural, but profitable too. The work is part of the EU-funded CULTAPTATION ('Dynamics and adaptation in human cumulative culture') project, which received EUR 2 million under the 'New and emerging science and technology' (NEST) Cross-cutting activity to investigate how human culture evolves, for example by exploring how people develop new behaviours. The researchers behind the latest study, presented in the journal Science, found that people benefit more when they opt for social learning than when they choose to be individualistic.

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Published: 22 April 2010


  Vaccines through tattoos

Photo of article Tattooing is a more effective way of administering DNA vaccines than direct injection into muscle tissue, according to new research by German and Czech scientists. In DNA vaccination, a gene from a pathogen is injected directly into the host, which then produces the corresponding pathogen protein inside its own cells. This triggers a response from the host’s immune system. Advantages of DNA vaccination include the fact that the vectors can be constructed quickly, and rapid and large scale vaccine production is much cheaper than for traditional vaccines. These vaccines are also temperature stable; in contrast many traditional vaccines require cold storage and have a limited lifetime.

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Published: 3 March 2008



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