Tobacco to treat Rabies
A team of molecular immunology researchers has genetically modified tobacco plants to produce effective rabies antibodies.
The work is taking place in the Hotung Molecular Immunology Unit at St. George's, University of London, in the United Kingdom. According to the researchers they would be able to introduce effective and inexpensive way of rabies treatment.
Antibodies from tobacco tend to prevent the virus from attaching to the nerve endings around the area where a bite has occurred.
Rabies is a dangerous viral disease which affects the central nervous system, causing death. As reported by the World Health Organization Rabies kills about 55,000 people annually worldwide, mostly in Africa and Asia.