Immunizing against hepatitis

An estimated one million people die from hepatitis B each year.
In 2002 it was reported that researchers at a German university had genetically modified carrots to contain a vaccine against hepatitis B. The current hepatitis B vaccine is expensive to produce and is administered via three injections, thus making it a time consuming and resource draining process. The researchers say they can produce roughly 100,000 vaccine-containing plants in two weeks, which are ready to eat within just three months. Carrots grow well in many different climates so can be grown where they are needed, removing costs usually associated with vaccination such as transportation, refrigeration, and the need of medical staff to administer the vaccine. Researchers estimate that the carrot-based vaccine could be on the market by 2005.
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Studying liver diseases
Viral hepatitis
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies