PerspectivePlant Science

Using Tobacco to Treat Cancer

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Science  22 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5892, pp. 1052-1053
DOI: 10.1126/science.1163420

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  1. Plant biopharmaceuticals.

    Shown is the species of tobacco plant (Nicotiana benthamiana) that McCormick et al. used to manufacture a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma vaccine. Each plant is an identical biomanufacturing unit, which allows for cost-effective vaccine production scale-up. Up to 1000 plants were used to manufacture the vaccine for each patient (8).