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Chinese researchers claim transgenic bananas can directly deliver PRRSV vaccine to pigs

According to a report in Pig Progress, scientists at the National Taiwan University (NTU) have come up with a new way of delivering a Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) vaccine – in transgenic bananas!

Professor Huang Pung-ling of the NTU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture said “After feeding the pigs with 50g of banana leaves from the transgenic banana plants, three times at a two-week interval, the serum and tissue viral loads dropped.”

Local media has reported that the bananas’ chromosomes were genetically modified to include genetic material from PRRSV.

 

Story source: Pig Progress, 23 Aug 2013

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