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A risk of edible vaccines is that a wrong amount of medication is applied and then leading to an overdose or underdose. If this were to happen edible vaccinations would likely be sued. Why have a vaccine that causes a chance for disease when you can't tell how much is in a banana? With a needle you can find out how much is in it by looking at the measurements. With an underdose the person could become at risk for many diseases such as bipolar disorder which can also lead to death. You cannot locally have a genetically modified plant without the help of a scientist to "touch up" the seeds. Which would cost money especially for help in poverty ridden countries.
Do you want to eat a raw potato? No, but a potato doesn't necessarily have to be what is carrying the vaccine bananas are another and much more popular alternative.
You have to cook it and then the vaccine wears out? Again if a potato was the food with the vaccine then this could be an issue but there are many other options out there which don't have to be cooked.
Has a food been genetically modified with a vaccine yet? Yes there has been some plants that scientists have genetically modified to carry vaccines. for example there have been some tobacco plants which act as a vaccine for hepatitis B, though it has not been released to the public yet.
What happens if you apply the wrong dosage in a banana? On the other side of this anyone could ask how do you know if you put the correct dosage in a regular vaccine? The answers are the same. There are safe checks to make sure you dosn't. The dosage can be measured per cup, one cup is equivalent to one dose this system makes it very easy to tell how much you are taking.
With regards to your point the scientists would not have to touch up the roots at all, all they would need to do is collect the seeds from the first generation of the modified plants and then give the seeds to farmers which would not cost a lot at all. Aside from the benefits of lower cost and easier access edible vaccine help address needle issues. Many of the needles and syringes can become contaminated with other diseases and they can contaminate other objects or people if they not kept in the proper conditions. This can cause more problems. Bacteria or viruses can reside on needles if they are improperly cared for. Also correct needle handling can be very hard due to poor conditions in some third world countries. Innovation is an important thing to help the world keep moving forward and this is what edible vaccines are doing. They help to move the world forwards by helping thousands of people. The human race could have stayed the same as it was doing just fine, but we still invented the computer and the cell phone these were just ways to make our lives a little easier. Just like the edible vaccine will make lives easier and better for thousands.
My Questions: Where did you find that under doses of vaccines cause bipolar disorder? Are you sure it "ain't broke"
"because my research shows that thousands of people in third world countries are dying because of disease that can be prevented. You say edible vaccines are an unacceptable risk but isn't it worth it if it saves lives?
You say edible vaccines are an unacceptable risk but isn't it worth it if it saves lives? I say its an unacceptable risk because instead of spending money to build these edible vaccines we could use the money to transport needle vaccines across the world.
The second argument of mine is that edible vaccines would be a waste of time to evolve when we have much more other medical advances in our path. We also could use this money to transport the vaccines or work on advancing new stages into cancer treatment development. These two things are tied together as they both indicate that once we have extra time and money then we could possibly evolve into edible vaccines but that is clearly far away. I know it takes time because of the PDF by Charles Amtzen being written 14 years ago and indicating that the future of edible vaccines is near but 14 years later there has been little advancements. We could also use money to find out all the different causes of cancers and diseases.
Overall I do not see how we could be able to have edible vaccines in the near future due to the cost and limitations.
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