Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

August 15, 2014 5:45 AM

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Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

NEW YORK — It’s an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

Using plants this way — sometimes called “pharming” — can produce complex and valuable proteins for medicines. That approach, studied for about 20 years, hasn’t caught on widely in the pharmaceutical industry.

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