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Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.

 
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08/05/2014 08:49 PM
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Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
As others have discovered - ZMapp ownership can be tracked back to RJ Reynolds. One of it's key components is nicotine.

"However, the drug can also be produced with proteins made from tobacco plants. ZMapp manufacturer Kentucky BioProcessing in Owensboro has been working with Samaritan's Purse and Emory University Hospital to provide limited quantities of the drug to Emory, according to company spokesman David Howard."
[link to www.cnn.com]

"What is known is that the antibodies are produced in a Australian strain of the tobacco plant (Nicotiana benthamiana) by Kentucky Bioprocessing in Owensboro, Kentucky"
[link to www.forbes.com]

"ZMapp is an experimental mixture of three humanized monoclonal antibodies for immunological protection against the Ebola virus, and manufactured in the Nicotiana plant"
[link to en.wikipedia.org]


You know nicotine - that evil hateful addiction that society has been brainwashed about for the last 20 or 30 years? The drug that even here on GLP has caused many hateful comments toward those that consume it by any method?
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10/18/2014 01:14 PM
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Re: Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
What happens when the bioengineered tobacco gets cross contaminated/cross pollenated into regular grown tobacco crops, or even other crops?

What happens to the remaing scarce honeybees?


Are people crazy or scared into allowing this to happen?

[link to www.webmd.com]

Is this why the cost for a pack of cigs have gone up to 14.00 a pack in California?


Why wasn't this pinned? And lastly, more gmo crops, now enhanced with ebola, or God knows what.
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10/20/2014 08:06 PM
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Re: Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
The antibodies in ZMapp are made in a species of tobacco, Nicotiana benthamiana, that is not used for smoking. It's a research plant that is much smaller than Nicotiana tabacum, the cigarette/cigar tobacco. This plant doesn't cross-breed with Nicotiana tabacum, but even if it could, the method that is being used to produce the antibodies does not produce a GMO plant that can transmit the antibody genes to the next generation. Finally, there is no nicotine in the final product.
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10/20/2014 08:13 PM
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Re: Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
The antibodies in ZMapp are made in a species of tobacco, Nicotiana benthamiana, that is not used for smoking. It's a research plant that is much smaller than Nicotiana tabacum, the cigarette/cigar tobacco. This plant doesn't cross-breed with Nicotiana tabacum, but even if it could, the method that is being used to produce the antibodies does not produce a GMO plant that can transmit the antibody genes to the next generation. Finally, there is no nicotine in the final product.
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So why do they use this plant as opposed to other plants? Why is it better at producing antibodies?
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10/20/2014 08:17 PM
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Re: Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
What happens when the bioengineered tobacco gets cross contaminated/cross pollenated into regular grown tobacco crops, or even other crops?

What happens to the remaing scarce honeybees?


Are people crazy or scared into allowing this to happen?

[link to www.webmd.com]

Is this why the cost for a pack of cigs have gone up to 14.00 a pack in California?


Why wasn't this pinned? And lastly, more gmo crops, now enhanced with ebola, or God knows what.
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$14? Lies.
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10/20/2014 08:26 PM
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Re: Ebola, ZMapp and Nicotine.
Why Nicotiana benthamiana? Well, it's small so it doesn't take up much space in a greenhouse, it grows fast, and it seems to be good at making antibodies when you give it the right "instructions". There might be other plants that would do as well, but scientists, like other people, like to stick with what works.





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