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Ebola drug, grown in tobacco, effective in monkeys with symptoms
Ebola drug, grown in tobacco, effective in monkeys with symptoms

An experimental Ebola treatment -- produced in the leaves of specially engineered tobacco plants -- saved the lives of three monkeys who were already showing symptoms of the illness, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.  The report suggests that it may be possible someday to treat people who show up in medical facilities already sickened with the horrific disease. While scientists already knew that various Ebola treatments administered before symptoms appeared were effective in animals such as monkeys, they hadn't yet shown that such treatments worked once fevers and other symptoms had set in -- a key capability in real-world outbreak...

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