Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Plans Plant Flu Vaccine for China

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‘A Canadian company has joined forces with cigarette giant Philip Morris in an unusual project to sell flu vaccine to the huge Chinese market, a potentially major step forward for the controversial science of producing medicines in plants.

Medicago Inc. said Tuesday it is licensing its system for making vaccine in tobacco to Philip Morris Products SA, which will develop, test and, it hopes, market the products in China, where it already sells a much different item — Marlboro cigarettes.

It brings the innovative harvest of “molecular farming” a little closer to treating patients after years of research-funding problems, failed startups and warnings about medicine-producing plants accidentally contaminating food crops.’

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