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The Close Ties Between GM Foods and GM Vaccines

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If you've ever had qualms about eating genetically modified (GM) foods, you'd likely be deeply concerned about receiving a GM vaccine as well.

 Such vaccines are already being produced - some are even on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule - even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects.

 In the interview above, Vicky Debold, PhD, RN, director of research and patient safety with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), spoke with me about the many reasons to be very wary of this new technology, which is far more intertwined with other biotech "innovations," like GM food, than you might think.

Nobody Knows What Happens When You Inject People with GM Vaccines

 There have been some fair warnings, though. In 2006, researchers wrote in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health:

     "Genetically modified (GM) viruses and genetically engineered virus-vector vaccines possess significant unpredictability and a number of inherent harmful potential hazards... Horizontal transfer of genes... is well established. New hybrid virus progenies resulting from genetic recombination between genetically engineered vaccine viruses and their naturally occurring relatives may possess totally unpredictable characteristics with regard to host preferences and disease-causing potentials.

     ...There is inadequate knowledge to define either the probability of unintended events or the consequences of genetic modifications."


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