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Genetic vaccine question

  1. Oct 31, 2007 #1
    Is a genetic vaccine simply another word for a genetic engineering/genetic recombination? It is part of a question on my microbio. homework but we have never talked about the exact phrase "genetic vaccine" so im a little confused as to what exactly it is referring to. Thanks for the help!

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  3. Oct 31, 2007 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    I take it to mean a vaccine derived from the genetic material of a pathogen. Ask your prof for a better answer - the one he expects you to know.

    See an old overview clip meant for a general audience:
    http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000BAB9A-99E7-1CD6-B4A8809EC588EEDF

    There has been a lot of research on them since 1999. Maybe Moonbear knows if there are extant vaccines. I do not.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2007 #3

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    Genetic vaccine are also called DNA vaccine.

    As far as the vaccine goes, it's all clinical or in animal trials. There is no commercial vaccine available.
     
  5. Nov 2, 2007 #4

    jim mcnamara

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    Ian -
    Are there no RNA vaccines? Or more correctly no possiblilty of them....
     
  6. Nov 5, 2007 #5

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    I think there's some RNA vaccines in clinical trials, it's probably why the term Genetic vaccine are now name so. I learned all about DNA vaccine as an undergrad but RNA never came up.
     
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