What happens when you combine advances in 3D printing with biosynthesis and molecular construction? Eventually, it might just lead to printers that can manufacture vaccines and other drugs from scratch: email your doc, download some medicine, print it out and you're cured.
This reminds me of that old riddle: What took ten years to develop and could potentially save around 350,000 lives a year from an often asymptomatic infectious disease that generally attacks (and causes cirrhosis of) the liver?
Part of what makes HIV such a nasty virus is that it attacks our immune system, which is what we have around to keep viruses from attacking us. We may have just figured out how to keep HIV from exploiting our immune response, meaning that our bodies could fight it off just like any other virus.
In the long, long list of reasons why people are miserable in high school, acne is often pretty close to the top. Of course, we here at DVICE, being tech nerds, were obviously very popular despite our spotty faces, but for the rest of you, a vaccine for acne may be finally on the way.
You generally have to get a flu shot every year, as the vaccine needs to be updates to take on the specific mutations of the virus that are floating around that season. But researchers are working on a new flu vaccine that would last for years.