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In Episode 12, Holly and I provided our response to this video. In an effort to make things a little clearer while watching this video, I put together a glossary of terms that will hopefully bring a little clarrification to your watching experience. We highly recommend that you watch this video before reading further; brownie points to those who watch the video before listening to our episode. Please feel free to contact us if you think there are additional terms that should be added to the list below.
verb (used with object), at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing.
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value:to attenuate desire.
“Live attenuated vaccines contain a version of the living virus that has been weakened so that it does not cause serious disease in people with healthy immune systems. Examples of live attenuated vaccines include the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccines.” – Science Direct
verb (used with object), cul·tured, cul·tur·ing.
to subject to culture; cultivate.Biology.
- to grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium.
the set of nongenetic traits, qualities, or features that characterize a person or thing.
“mRNA, or messenger RNA, is genetic material that contains instructions for making proteins. mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 contain synthetic mRNA. Inside the body, the mRNA enters human cells and instructs them to produce the “spike” protein found on the surface of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The body recognizes the spike protein as an invader, and produces antibodies against it. If the antibodies later encounter the actual virus, they are ready to recognize and destroy it before it causes illness.” – Harvard Health Publishing
ribonucleic acid: any of a class of single-stranded molecules transcribed from DNA in the cell nucleus or in the mitochondrion or chloroplast, containing along the strand a linear sequence of nucleotide bases that is complementary to the DNA strand from which it is transcribed: the composition of the RNA molecule is identical with that of DNA except for the substitution of the sugar ribose for deoxyribose and the substitution of the nucleotide base uracil for thymine.
“The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, (informally referred to as the “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment,” the “Tuskegee Syphilis Study,” the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the African American Male,” the “U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee,” or the “Tuskeegee Experiment”) was an unethical natural history study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the United States Public Health Service (PHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of this study was to observe the natural history of untreated syphilis; the African-American men who participated in the study were told that they were receiving free health care from the federal government of the United States.“ – Wikipedia
any preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.
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Here are some helpful videos that explain how the mRNA vaccines work. Remember, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines. These are also the first COVID-19 vaccines available for distribution in the United States. Not all COVID-19 vaccines use the mRNA method; you can ask your doctor or vaccine distribution center for more information.
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