Edible Vaccines From Lettuce, Tomatoes And Other Plants

By Ray Schilling - April 2003

A group of researchers under Dr. Robert Rose from the University of Rochester in New York have been working on a number of vaccines with the help of genetic engineering.


Transgenic lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) expressing H1N1 influenza surface antigen (neuraminidase)

Lettuce plants were genetically engineered to produce the immunogenic protein NA. ► Mice were immunized subcutaneously, using lettuce for the production of NA immunogen. ► This is the first report on the production of the NA in a foreign host.

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