What was in that flu shot?

It’s flu season, and a lot of the kids and parents stopping by the Amgen table start their conversation with “What was in that flu shot?”

Eric Dobson and Nancy Salts of Amgen oblige with ready answers, and continue the conversation about how it works in fighting germs.

Amgen :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

The general topic of their table is antibodies — their structure, function, and use as therapeutics.

Colorful models are available for kids to play with, making antibodies:

Amgen :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Amgen offer as much and as simple an explanation as is needed, helping the kids along:

Amgen :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Amgen :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Amgen :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Older children may discuss the variable regions that fit the pathogenic antigens on model pathogens.

About Amgen

Amgen is a leading human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. For more than 25 years, the company has tapped the power of scientific discovery and innovation to advance the practice of medicine.

Amgen pioneered the development of novel products based on advances in recombinant DNA and molecular biology and launched the biotechnology industry’s first blockbuster medicines. Today, as a Fortune 500 company serving millions of patients, Amgen continues to be an entrepreneurial, science-driven enterprise dedicated to helping people fight serious illness.

By Brian Glanz for NWABR. Please reuse and remix! We share with a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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