Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 10:30 AM

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Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

A tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.

In an unusual twist of expedited drug access, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., which has nine employees, released its experimental ZMapp drug, until now only tested on infected animals, for the two health workers. Kentucky BioProcessing LLC, a subsidiary of tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), ma...

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