H5N1 Vaccine Production Blog #3

Hey everyone! This is the last of my blogs about vaccine research. In the previous blog, I described the process of selecting the virus seed and testing for safety, specificity, immunogenicity, and efficacy.  The virus seed solution that has passed these assessments is ready to move on to the next step. For this part of research, I met with Ning Yi, the Head of Egg Inspection, as well as Yunan Qin, the Head of Manufacturing Workshop.

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H5N1 Vaccine Production Blog #2

Hey everyone! This is my follow-up to my previous blog about inactivated H5N1 avian flu vaccine production in China. As you know, there many multiple steps involved in vaccine production. Each step has many evaluations for safety, quality, and efficacy, and all evaluations need to be passed in order to proceed to the next step. In a way, the whole process reminds me of the cell cycle, where a cell uses checkpoints in order to guarantee the result of a normal functioning cell. For this part of research, I met with the head of each workshop involved in the production process and interviewed them on the procedures they take to insure the quality of the vaccine.

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H5N1 Vaccine Production Blog #1

Hey everyone! This is the first of my blogs about my research concerning inactivated H5N1 avian influenza vaccine production in China this summer.

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The Heirs of All Revolutions- The Broader Picture

In this post I’ll try to explain how the experiences of the African leaders I studied fit in with the larger transformations taking place across Africa in the 20th century. Many of the trends seen in Africa today have roots in the pre-colonial history of Africa. For instance, Jeffrey Herbst writes that in many African societies, a polity’s control of territory did not always grant it control of the people living in that territory. In other words, sovereignty was not intrinsically tied to land. To a lesser extent, this can sometimes be true of Western states; one can now still be a citizen of a state and not live in the territory it controls. However, each modern, Western state still clearly delineates its territorial boundaries. Perhaps because the average population density of Africa was (and remains) low, a great deal of competition occurred over the control of people.

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