Jul 26, 2012
Darpa's Military is Genetically Modifying Tobacco to Mass Produce Flu Vaccines
"Plant-based vaccines, however, are developed using “virus-like particles,” which actually resemble viruses on a genetic level but are non-infectious. They can’t spread between people, and they help produce anti-viral antibodies. To produce the particles, scientists synthesize the DNA of the flu virus, combine the flu DNA with bacteria, and then soak the plants with it. After soaking for a few minutes, the plants then start producing the flu-fighting particles. Those particles then become the basis for a vaccine."
Darpa's Flu Fighters Ramp Up Veggie-Based Vaccines | Danger Room | Wired.com