Tobacco-derived 'plantibodies' enter the fight against Ebola

August 6, 2014 3:23 AM

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Tobacco-derived 'plantibodies' enter the fight against Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmakers' use of the tobacco plant as a fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatments is gaining global attention because of its role in an experimental Ebola therapy.

The treatment, which had been tested only in lab animals before being given to two American medical workers in Liberia, consists of proteins called monoclonal antibodies that bind to and inactivate the Ebola virus.

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