Pathfinders leading the way in Life Sciences

Biotech researchers at the James Hutton Institute Research have been examining how plant viruses could be useful, if harnessed, to produce vaccines. It’s hoped that this technology could help improve the UK’s vaccine production capacity.

Their work over recent years has examined how tobacco plants act as ‘factories’ to synthesis different protein -based products which can have utility in diagnostic kits and as vaccine components as well as creating structures to produce new biomaterials.

Research leader Dr Andrew Love anticipates that commercially-viable proteins could be made and may be readily repurposed to synthesize bulk amounts of vaccine and diagnostic proteins in emergencies.