SaneVax: Newly Developed Same-Nested PCR Method May Help Answer Questions Regarding HPV Vaccine Safety
TROY, Mont. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SaneVax Inc. announces the development of a new PCR methodology described in "Detection of human papillomavirus L1 gene DNA fragments in post-mortem blood and spleen after Gardasil vaccination - A case report," authored by Dr. Sin Hang Lee of Milford Hospital, Connecticut. This method may provide a way for concerned scientists to determine whether or not HPV vaccines are linked to serious adverse events and death. The study undertaken to develop this method was commissioned and sponsored by SaneVax Inc. for a future payment not to exceed one US dollar, as disclosed in the article.
According to the open access article published in Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, Dr. Lee used a low temperature nested PCR catalyzed by a highly processive DNA polymerase with proof-reading function to detect minute quantities of HPV-16 L1 gene DNA in post-mortem blood and spleen tissue obtained during the autopsy of a formerly healthy New Zealand girl who suffered sudden unexpected death while sleeping six months after completing the series of 3 intramuscular injections of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, Gardasil. The HPV DNA amplicon was validated by direct DNA sequencing.
As Dr. Lee explained in his article, "In same-nested PCR, the primary PCR and the subsequent same-nested PCR(s) were conducted with an identical pair of PCR primers, or the subsequent same-nested PCR was conducted with a pair of the same primers having a few new bases added to the 3' end for one or for both of the primers which had been used in the prior PCR. As a result, all same-nested PCR products were terminated by the first pair of PCR primers used to initiate the primary PCR. The same-nested PCR protocol was found to be necessary to amplify the HPV-16 L1 gene DNA fragments in the post-mortem materials in this case and the HPV-16 L1 gene fragments in the Gardasil vaccine."
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