Animal vaccines are focus of new CAST paper
The US' Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is
releasing a new Issue Paper, Vaccine Development Using Recombinant DNA
Technology, the 7th in CAST's nine-part series 'Animal
Agriculture's Future through Biotechnology'.
"Current public health threats posed by the potential spread of highly
infectious disease agents between animals and humans, as well as the emergence
of new diseases, impact animal agriculture significantly," said task force chair
Dr Mark Jackwood, at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Centre, University of
"Animal vaccinations are among the most effective, successful
tools for dealing with these concerns."
Potential to combat infectious
CAST's press release states that research shows that the
development of vaccination as a tool in fighting disease has resulted in the
potential to combat almost all infectious agents affecting people and animals.
In an effort to further the understanding and support of vaccine research and
development, CAST is publishing this Issue Paper, written and reviewed by a
seven-member Task Force, which addresses the following:
historical overview of vaccine development
â€¢ Three types of recombinant
â€¢ Development of vaccines for cattle, sheep, and goats; swine;
poultry; fish; and companion animals
â€¢ Commercially available vaccines
â€¢ Recent advances in recombinant vaccines for the control of infectious
â€¢ The future of vaccines for animal
"Controlling animal disease is crucial to
animal agriculture as well as to human health," notes CAST executive vice
president John Bonner. "CAST is pleased to provide this important scientific
assessment of the development and use of animal vaccines."
â€¢ Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
University of Georgia
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