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October 03, 2017

"This means they would be accessible to all people and all countries, even the poorest and most remote," Daniell said. "That's why I am so grateful for the opportunity to pursue this work."

Using plants to produce vaccine capsules has an additional benefit.

Once ingested, the pills activate the immune system housed in the gut, which is the largest and more powerful than the blood's immune system - the traditional target of injectable vaccines for the past century.

Most importantly, Daniell's technique does not use killed, inactivated or avirulent forms of bacteria or viruses but instead uses only proteins that could not cause any disease but are effective in stimulating protective immunity.

"This makes these vaccines much more potent, effective and safer," Daniell said.

A Career of Research

"I can't tell you how excited I feel," Daniell said. "I've dedicated most of my academic life to this because I want to make people's lives better. My dream is to eradicate the world's top 10 diseases, and this opportunity is a huge leap in reaching that dream."

Source: University of Central Florida