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Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

After all the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it's about time the plant started doing something good. Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a technique to infect relatives of the tobacco plant with a virus containing the genetic material of polio. Why? To produce leaves from which a polio vaccine can be extracted. The procedure is reportedly affordable, straightforward, and efficient, and may be utilized to create treatments for newer threats such as Zika and Ebola.
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