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Geneticallymodified vaccines are prepared through genetic engineering thatalters the genetic makeup of the cells of the vaccine. To exploremore information about the topic, the article selected is “Are YouConcerned over ?” by Dr. Mercola. Dr.Mercola interviews VickyDebold, PhD, RN,who works at the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) as thedirector of research and patient safety (Mercola, 2012).
Thearticle explores the concerns of people about genetically modifiedfoods and vaccines. Mercola (2012) takes the view of the Vicky thatthe genetically modified vaccines as unsafe and expresses reasons whypeople should be worried about them. Dr. Mercola explains that peoplemay not have full knowledge of the genetically modified vaccine safefoods. According to Mercola (2012), people have different opinionsconcerning the vaccines. While some are afraid of the vaccines,others have no problem with the genetically modified vaccines andfoods.
Toexplore the topic, the article explains the genetic modification of avirus. According to Mercola (2012), a genetically modified virusposes some inherent potential hazards that can be harmful to thehuman life. Mercola states that the horizontal transfer of genes ofthe genes is well established but has inherent harms. The intendedresult of forming a genetically modified virus is to cure viraldiseases by using the modified virus. According to Mercola (2012),the formation of a new hybrid virus from the genetic modificationholds certain unpredictable problems in terms of the host preferencesand the potential of causing diseases.
Themicroorganisms that cause the immune system such as bacteria or virusin the case above are used for the benefit of the host throughbiotechnology. The organisms are modified to be used as fragmentsthat are injected in the host body (Frappier, 2008). This is done bymodifying the genetic makeup of the microorganism or the fragments ofthe microorganism in order to inject them in the host’s body. Whenin the body of the host, the body`s defenses recognize them as themicroorganism and create appropriate antibodies against the exposedattack. The development of the defense mechanism of the host againstthe pathogens achieves the goal of the vaccine.
Theadvantage of genetically modified vaccines is that it helps the bodyto create defenses by creating specific antibodies. The antibodiesare specific because the genetically modified microorganism is aspecific organism. In addition, the use of live vaccines has betterresults for immunity and has a long immunity period (Dertzbaugh,1998).However, the genetic modification of microorganism for vaccines haspotent for infecting the host in case the body. In case theantibodies formed are weak, the intended goal of immunity may resultto the infection. The infection by the vaccine pathogen, howeverhappens in rare case, but is a cause of concern by many people.
Theinformation in the article by has slight discrepancies compared withother sources. While this article explores the reasons why peopleshould be worried about genetically modified vaccines, other sourcessupport the use of the technology. For instance, Frappier (2008)supports the use of the genetically modified vaccines and gives adescription of the Hepatitis B vaccine. The use of geneticallymodified vaccines may be an acceptable technology by some people, butis strictly abhorred by others. However, as technology advances andpeople’s attitude towards it change, it may be a matter of timeuntil genetic modification becomes the formal way of food andvaccinations.
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