By Daniel Eisenman, Executive Director of Biosafety Services
In the race to address the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have worked tirelessly the past year to produce a vaccine. Operation Warp Speed has worked with a handful of organizations to bring a vaccine to the public, and some have used a technology called messenger RNA (mRNA). While researchers have worked with mRNA for years, the COVID-19 vaccinations that rely on this technology are the first to contain mRNA for public use. This article aims to break down the basics of mRNA, its role in COVID-19 vaccine development, and other ways it is used in research.