Vaccine to be made in biotech plant cells

by 5m Editor
1 February 2006, at 12:00am

US - An Indianapolis-based company has been granted federal approval to manufacture a vaccine in genetically engineered plant cells. Dow AgroSciences has received Department of Agriculture approval to make a vaccine against Newcastle disease, which can infect poultry. The vaccine is grown in genetically engineered cells from non-nicotine-producing tobacco plants. No plants are actually grown, and there is no danger that the vaccines will appear in whole plants or food crops, says Dow&#39;s Robyn Heine. Many drugs for people, including insulin, are made by a similar process involving genetically engineered animal cells, but this is the first time a drug from plant cells has been approved. Dow says it doesn&#39;t plan to sell the Newcastle disease vaccine but wanted to demonstrate that a plant-cell-based system could produce vaccines for animals. <i>Source: USAToday</i>

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