‘Microneedles’ take sting out of shots, UBC team says

Pain-free injections may not be too far off as UBC scientists work on developing an alternative vaccination method to hypodermic needles called microneedles.

“It looks like a flat metal plate,” said Boris Stoeber, an engineering professor heading up the team. “You won’t see it well with your eyes, but you’ll see some roughness. If you feel it, it feels rough. If you press it against your skin, you feel pressure, but not pain.”