Tests underway for new HIV drug farmed from GM tobacco plants


A clinical trial of a potential Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) drug farmed from genetically modified (GM) tobacco plants has at long last got underway in the United Kingdom. The beginning of the trial follows several years of regulatory negotiations, and is being carried out by the EU-funded PHARMA-PLANTA ('Recombinant Pharmaceuticals from Plants for Human Health') consortium, an international group of 28 academic institutions and 4 small companies. 

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