Although the plight of the honeybee is well known, their numbers are still rapidly dwindling. Owing to complex factors like disappearing habitats, climate change and pesticides, this represents a larger problem related to the increasing instability of the world’s overall ecosystem. To combat part of this ongoing issue, scientists in Helsinki have created an edible vaccine that could provide a cure for at least a portion of the vanishing pollinator’s population. This particular vaccine would fight against microbial infections and would be consumed through a sugar patty available to the queen, who would eventually inoculate a hive through her offspring. Promising as it seems, there are still plenty of regulatory hoops to jump through to get the vaccine on the market and ensure that it’s safe for the bees as well as the people who will eventually eat their honey.
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