Banana Vaccines : Eat Up Your Vaccines

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BANANA VACCINES – EAT UP YOUR VACCINES

by
Group I
Brett Eaker, Deepa Thamodaran, Kevin George, Mamud Mansaray & Theresa Hoang

A group project submitted for BIOT 640 9020 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (2155)
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Adelphi, MD 20783

Summer 2015

BANANA VACCINES – EAT UP YOUR VACCINES
(Introduction)

Risk Assessment and Testing
Risk assessment is a process to identify potential hazardous components, analyze dose-response relationship, evaluating the possibility for human exposure, and estimating the frequency of contrary effects under various conditions. The production of edible vaccines in transgenic plants was first proposed in 1990. As technology matures, production of these vaccines is more focused on the regulatory framework that controls and approves the products (Straub et al., 2012). There is no inclusive federal legislation specifically addressing GMOs. GMOs are regulated under the general statutory authority of environmental, health, and safety laws. The three main agencies involved in regulating GMOs are
1. The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
2. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
3. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Risk Assessment Logical Flow
The process of risk assessment flows in a logical stepwise fashion that includes the following five steps: (1) problem formulation; (2) hazard identification; (3) dose-response relationships; (4)
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