BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

  • 01/26/15 01:41:21 PM

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Kentucky Tobacco Plant Facility Where Ebola Virus Serum Proteins Reproduced

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OWENSBORO, Kentucky-- Turns out the key to stopping the Ebola virus could be Kentucky tobacco. 

Dr. Kent Brantly and fellow missionary Nancy Writebol are believed to have contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital in Liberia. Both developed complications associated with the infection in late July and their conditions were worsening. According to CNN, things were so bad for Dr. Brantly last week that he called his wife to say goodbye. 

Then he was treated with a highly experimental drug called ZMapp. It had only been tested on monkeys previously, but both Brantly and Writebol agreed to try the antibody. Both patients are now improving at Emory University in Atlanta according to reports. Writebol arrived there on Tuesday.  

So how's this connected to Kentucky tobacco? 

Kentucky BioProcessing in Ownsboro grows tobacco plants a their greenhouse facility. The plants are important because when infected with proteins, the plants are able to reproduce them in large volumes within weeks. The serum used on Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol came from proteins extracted from plants at the Ownsboro facility. reports a spokesman for Reynolds American -the company which bought KBP- stated Emory University asked for a "limited amount" of the compound used in ZMapp. 

Given the news of Dr. Brantly and Writebol's improved health, ZMapp could be on a fast-track to approval in the United States and around the world.   

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