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Killer tomatoes attack human diseases
NewScientist.com ^ | 29 June 2006 | Andy Coghlan

Posted on 06/30/2006 10:51:11 AM PDT by annie laurie

GENETICALLY modified tomatoes containing edible vaccine are to be used to challenge two of the world's most lethal viruses.

The aim is to create affordable vaccines for HIV and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that could be easily grown and processed in the countries where they are most needed. So far, none of the 90 or so potential vaccines against HIV have proved successful and, though a vaccine already exists for HBV, it is too expensive to be used by poorer countries.

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The tomato plants then manufacture the proteins and, like the oral polio vaccine, when the tomatoes are eaten, these proteins prompt the body to create antibodies against the viruses.

Mice fed a solution containing the tomatoes in powdered form developed high levels of antibodies in their blood to both viruses.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dna; genetics; health; medicine; science; tomatoes; vaccine
Excerpt-only site, but worth the click to read the entire article.

Very interesting concept.

1 posted on 06/30/2006 10:51:13 AM PDT by annie laurie
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To: annie laurie

See - tomatoes are poisonous!


2 posted on 06/30/2006 10:52:53 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rugged individualists of the world, unite!)
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To: annie laurie

3 posted on 06/30/2006 10:53:00 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: neverdem; AntiGuv

Ping


4 posted on 06/30/2006 10:53:07 AM PDT by annie laurie (Happy Independence Day! If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran!)
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To: annie laurie

France is going to throw a fit.


5 posted on 06/30/2006 10:53:20 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Actually...tomatos contain nicotine, so if you believe the CDC or the surgeon general...


6 posted on 06/30/2006 10:57:01 AM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
"See - tomatoes are poisonous!"
Well, solanines [alkaloid glycosides found there] could do that to you. Do not overindulge.
7 posted on 06/30/2006 11:01:46 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: patton

They're really hard to keep lit, though...


8 posted on 06/30/2006 11:06:16 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rugged individualists of the world, unite!)
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To: GSlob

"Do not overindulge."

Not hard advice for me to follow. I eat a few here and there, just because I know they do have a lot of nutritional value, but it's sure not something I crave.


9 posted on 06/30/2006 11:08:11 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rugged individualists of the world, unite!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
I see you have never eaten my wife's spaghetti sauce...

LOL

10 posted on 06/30/2006 11:10:23 AM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: annie laurie
The watermelons have so scared people about genetically mutated food it is doubtful whether the people would eat or the governments allow the growing of "Killer Tomatoes".
11 posted on 06/30/2006 11:19:07 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Make them go home!!)
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To: annie laurie
With or without vaccine, tomatos is
Gud fur ya!!!!

I luv em. Got 21 plants this year... can't wait for the cherry sun golds!
12 posted on 06/30/2006 11:23:18 AM PDT by djf (I'm not Islamophobic. But I am bombophobic. Same thing, I guess...)
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To: annie laurie
Do they subject the tomatoes to constant playing of "Puberty Love?"
13 posted on 06/30/2006 11:29:00 AM PDT by Starter
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To: patton
Actually...tomatos contain nicotine

No kidding? I thought that was just something from an episode of The Simpsons.
14 posted on 06/30/2006 11:41:41 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

No kidding. Tomatos, tobacco, and nightshade (don't smoke the nightshade)


15 posted on 06/30/2006 11:43:42 AM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: GSlob
Here in Seattle we have tons of Black Nightshade (Solanum Nigrum), which is reputed to be poisonous.But I have eaten the ripe berries before with no problem, although it is said they can be quite bad for children, or if eaten when not ripe.


16 posted on 06/30/2006 11:47:12 AM PDT by djf (I'm not Islamophobic. But I am bombophobic. Same thing, I guess...)
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17 posted on 06/30/2006 11:47:38 AM PDT by AntiGuv ("..I do things for political expediency.." - Sen. John McCain on FOX News)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

LOL, I'd forgotten that one. Tomacco, wasn't it?


18 posted on 06/30/2006 11:50:09 AM PDT by annie laurie (Happy Independence Day! If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran!)
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To: djf

It is the green berries and leaves. Ripe berries are less toxic, at least sometimes.


19 posted on 06/30/2006 11:52:16 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: annie laurie

Early Girls and Bloody Butcher. Mmm Mmm good for you. Life is not worth living without 'maters


20 posted on 06/30/2006 11:55:53 AM PDT by Shaun_MD (In God We Trust. In Might we remain free.)
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To: GSlob

I figure beets is the only honest vegetable.

They come from dirt.
They taste like dirt.

Nuff said.

;-)


21 posted on 06/30/2006 12:00:25 PM PDT by djf (I'm not Islamophobic. But I am bombophobic. Same thing, I guess...)
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To: annie laurie

Oh, boy! According to this, I'll finally be able to stomach the taste of tomatoes.


22 posted on 06/30/2006 12:43:43 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

ROTFLMAO


23 posted on 06/30/2006 12:45:37 PM PDT by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

"See - tomatoes are poisonous!"

Actually, that urban legend was started in 1597 by a barber-surgeon named John Gerard. Not true then, not true now.

The question is: Is it a fruit or vegetable? It is commonly accepted by the scientific community to be a fruit. However in 1893 the US Supreme Court declared it to be a vegetable. So who should we believe?


24 posted on 06/30/2006 1:14:32 PM PDT by FreeInWV
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To: Shaun_MD
People who don't grow their own are missing out.
25 posted on 06/30/2006 1:55:24 PM PDT by steveo (Fathers Against Rude Television: You may already be a member)
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To: patton
Nicotine is a very valuable compound. See Nicotinic Acid aka Vitamin B6.

It's the smoke part, and all the other stuff in ciggies that are bad for you. BTW, smoking tobacco grown in soils that contain uranium, which are actually fairly common, can release really bad raioactive stuff into your lungs.

Maybe the tobacco guys should sell it in pill form.

"OK men, ingest'em if you got'em."

26 posted on 06/30/2006 2:16:09 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( Vote Fraud: The Democrats' Secret Weapon .... Well, secret to the RNC, anyway.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

There are enourmous benefits to nicotine - so much so, your brain actually manufactures it. Shhhhhh - don't tell the smoke nazis.


27 posted on 06/30/2006 2:20:40 PM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: FreeInWV

But it was believed for many years that tomatos were indeed poisonous.


28 posted on 06/30/2006 3:00:36 PM PDT by djf (I'm not Islamophobic. But I am bombophobic. Same thing, I guess...)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
They're really hard to keep lit, though...LOL! :D
....then use a blowtorch.
29 posted on 06/30/2006 11:20:24 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you....... :^)
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