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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new study provides strong evidence that the experimental drug given to two American aid workers stricken with Ebola in Africa really works and could make a difference in the current outbreak -- if more of it could be produced. In the study, all 18 monkeys exposed to a lethal dose of Ebola virus survived when given the drug, known as ZMapp, even when the treatment was started five days after infection, when the animals were already sick. "To actually be able to reverse all those symptoms and signs and bring them back to baseline, I think that is pretty astounding," said Dr. Kartik Chandran, an Ebola expert at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine who was not involved in the study.

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The resulting antibodies are then manufactured in genetically engineered tobacco plants. A spokesman for Reynolds American, the tobacco company that owns the Kentucky manufacturing facility, said production began again about two weeks ago, but he declined to say how much could be produced how quickly.

Based on information from Dr. Kobinger and others, it can take a couple of months for the facility to come up to full speed, after which it can produce 20 to 40 treatment courses a month. But it is possible that yields can be improved and that doses can be lowered so a given amount of drug would treat more people.

Shades of Cipro.

#1 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-08-31 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Biology, the new frontier. Interestingly, the tobacco plant plays a major role, as it has for decades in botanical research.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-31 03:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Glad to see a useful tool may be on the horizon for treating this illness.

Interestingly, the tobacco plant plays a major role, as it has for decades in botanical research.

I had never heard of it as a system for producing protein, although some quick reading makes it clear why it's used and I suppose it makes sense given the difficulties of other systems.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-31 04:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tobacco plants are bad.

- Liberals

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2014-09-01 12:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

RJ Reynolds provided a good life for black folks back in the day here in Winston Salem. Liberals demonized the tobacco plant for years and now it's probably going to save lives and RJR. I say go RJR..

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2014-09-01 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, those silly liberals, being opposed to cancer. What were they thinking?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-09-01 02:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah its too bad those silly liberals aren't opposed to high unemployment, poverty, lawlessness, over-regulation, voter fraud, excessive taxation, and most of the other problems that plague our society.

Think about this why wouldn't democrats want more poor people that's most of who votes for them. In fact they are importing them from south of the border by the millions.

#7 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-09-01 04:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

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