Specialists from the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics of the Academy of Sciences in Uzbekistan are working on an edible coronavirus vaccine, the Anadolu Agency reported.
They’re attempting to create it by changing the tomato’s genetics. They recently cloned the crown part of the coronavirus strain detected in the country and are now trying to use it to produce a revolutionary edible transgenic tomato vaccine.
The Uzbek scientists placed the crown part of the coronavirus into the plant cells and discovered that those cells act as a vaccine. It’s expected that people consuming these genetically altered tomatoes will produce antibodies the way they would upon receiving a vaccine.
The researchers’ choosing tomato for the edible vaccine carrier isn’t accidental. One of the reasons scientists opted for tomatoes is that they don’t need to be thermally processed before consumption.
This requirement is essential for creating a functional edible vaccine, as cells in charge of producing antibodies get destroyed at high temperatures.
Researchers have been working on this project since January and have already begun testing on animals. Once the animal tests are completed, the first step of clinical trials will start.
This groundbreaking vaccine could be an excellent solution for those unwilling or unable to undergo the vaccination process. However, its benefits, safety, and efficacy remain yet to be seen.