Big Pharmaceutical: Tobacco Plants used in Ebola Cure

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The drug cocktail the two Americans received, known as ZMapp, was developed by the San Diego company Mapp Biopharmaceutical. It is manufactured in Kentucky using fast-growing tobacco plants, which act as “photocopiers” to produce proteins that are extracted from the plants and processed into the drug, said a spokeswoman for Kentucky BioProcessing, the company that works with Mapp

A person who lives nearby, said while walking her bulldog-boxer mix. “Who would have thought something like that would come out of Owensboro, Kentucky?”

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