The University Of Pennsylvania mRNA NFT – Vaccines For A New Era

The University of Pennsylvania MRNA NFT: Vaccines for a new era realizes: $226,800.

The University Of Pennsylvania mRNA NFT: Vaccines For A New Era, a breathtaking 3d digital work that takes the viewer to the molecular level, showing a cutting-edge mRNA vaccine fighting COVID-19, sold for $226,800 on Monday, 25 July. This one-of-a-kind digital piece was designed by the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Drew Weissman, whose groundbreaking research helped create mRNA vaccines.

The University Of Pennsylvania mRNA NFT – Vaccines For A New Era

The NFT comes with a storyboard that explains what the NFT depicts, the University of Pennsylvania-owned mRNA patent documents, and an original letter from Dr. Weissman, whose research produced key innovations that made mRNA vaccines safer and more effective. Proceeds from the auction will support ongoing research activities at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine.

mRNA vaccines are a new form of technology that has been science’s main tool to fight the COVID virus. Unlike traditional vaccines, which use a weakened or inactive germ to trigger an immune response, mRNA vaccines are designed to teach the body to create a protein that triggers the immune response.

The University Of Pennsylvania mRNA NFT – Vaccines For A New Era

This one-of-a-kind NFT features a stunning one-minute 3D sequence that uses color, shape, movement, and sound to show mRNA encapsulated inside of lipid nanoparticles, administered via a vaccine, and working in the body to teach cells to create a protein to help the immune system to fight COVID.

Peter Klarnet, Vice President, Senior Specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department said: “We’re thrilled that this amazing digital art piece, which gives an unprecedented view of an mRNA vaccine at work, has sold for an outstanding price that will help fund further research in this field. It’s been a privilege to work with the University of Pennsylvania on this project, and to play a role in supporting their life-saving efforts.”


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