Sunday, May 17, 2009

Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823) Was Born

Edward Jenner was an English scientist who is widely credited as the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, and is sometimes referred to as the 'Father of Immunology'.

In 1980, the World Health Organization declared smallpox an eradicated disease. This was the result of coordinated public health efforts by many people, but vaccination was an essential component.

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Science Fair Project Information
Title: The development of a plant-based vaccine against SARS-CoV
Subject: Medicine / Biochemistry
Grade level: High School - Grades 10-12
Academic Level: Advanced
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: High
1st prize, intermediate life science division, University of Western Ontario
Second Place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (2005)
Pfizer Canada Award of Excellence
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (VSF)
Year: 2005
Description: The goal of this project is to produce a plant expression vector containing a synthetic DNA coding for an antigenic region of the SARS Spike protein fused to a bacterial gene encoding cholera toxin B subunit, and express it in transgenic tobacco plants. The results obtained from this project provide a foundation for the development of a low-cost, orally administered vaccine that can be used to prevent SARS infection.

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