A lot of people don’t like needles. It will actually stop them from getting shots for everything from tetanus to COVID. Well, according to study finds researchers at the University of California-Riverside are working to remove that objection in an unusual way – growing edible plants that carry the same medication as an mRNA vaccine.
Messenger RNA technology (mNRA) is used not only with the coronavirus but many other viral hazards, and is an integral part of many inoculations. There are other hurdles, like determining dosage, but if successful, the scientists envision whole fields of vaccine-carrying plants in the future. Juan Pablo Giraldo, an associate professor says “We are testing this approach with spinach and lettuce and have long-term goals of people growing it in their own gardens. Farmers could also eventually grow entire fields of it.”