Animal vaccines are focus of new CAST paper
The 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
â€œCurrent 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,â€ says Task Force Chair
Dr Mark Jackwood, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Centre, University of Georgia.
â€œAnimal vaccinations are among the most effective, successful tools for dealing
with these concerns.â€
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 7-member Task
Force, which addresses the following:
â€¢ A historical overview of vaccine
â€¢ Three types of recombinant vaccines
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 diseases.
â€œControlling animal disease is crucial to animal agriculture as well as to
human health,â€ notes CAST Executive Vice President John Bonner.
â€œCAST is pleased to provide this important scientific assessment of the
development and use of animal vaccines.â€
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