Iowa State University
April 30th, 2009
(PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers from Iowa State University is putting flu vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which may someday allow pigs and humans to get a flu vaccination simply by eating corn or corn products.
“We’re trying to figure out which genes from the swine influenza
<http://www.physorg.com/tags/swine+influenza/> virus to incorporate into corn <http://www.physorg.com/tags/corn/> so those genes, when expressed, would produce protein. When the pig consumes that corn, it would serve as a vaccine,” said Hank Harris, professor in animal science and one of the researchers on the project.
The project is a collaborative effort with Harris and Brad Bosworth, an
affiliate associate professor of animal science working with pigs, and Kan
Wang, a professor in agronomy, who is developing the vaccine traits in the
The corn vaccine would also work in humans when they eat corn or even corn flakes, corn chips, tortillas or anything that contains corn, said Harris.
The research is funded by a grant from Iowa State University’s Plant
Sciences Institute, and is their Biopharmaceuticals and Bioindustrials
The corn vaccine may be possible in 5 to 7 years if research goes well.
Meanwhile, the team is trying to speed up the process.
“While we’re waiting for Wang to produce the corn, we are starting initial
experiments in mice to show that the vaccine might induce an immune
response,” said Bosworth.
Harris says the team still needs more answers.
“The big question is whether or not these genes will work when given orally
through corn,” said Harris. “That is the thing we’ve still got to determine.”
One of the advantages to the corn vaccine is stability and safety.
Once the corn with the vaccine is grown, it can be stored for long term
without losing its potency, say the researchers. If a swine flu
<http://www.physorg.com/tags/swine+flu/> virus breaks out, the corn could be shipped to the location to try to vaccinate animals and humans in the area quickly. Because corn grain is used as food and feed, there is no need for extensive vaccine purification, which can be an expensive process.
Traditional vaccines are made from animal culture or eggs that are in liquid
form and last only 1 to 2 years.
The current outbreak of swine flu is affecting humans and has never been
identified in pigs. If this swine flu crosses over into pigs, the scientists
are hopeful that the corn vaccine would be effective to vaccinate uninfected
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Comment from Leslie
Well, wonder if Mikey will like it?
For those of you who do not know corn products already have Mercury in them – so why not add the antigen and create a perfect vaccine. Are they nuts? Who is paying off these people? Certainly not Big Pharma – they would lose out on all of those nasty jabs. So who else?
What is the real subversive plot here – those who know- KNOW – and those who don’t well, keep the blinders on – it is too ugly and scary to even discuss here.
Can you imagine the side effects that people might experience and not be able to it back to anything? Was it the corn syrup – or the cornflakes – hmmm…. maybe the corn dog? Actually, when one thinks about it that way – Big Pharma could be behind this latest endeavor. Maybe their new strategy to hide vaccine adverse reactions.
Those who know KNOW – and those who don’t oh, well. Better make sure that your health insurance policies cover vaccine reactions. That will be a cold day in hell.