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Maybe You Can Get Blood From A Turnip After All

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July 16, 1999
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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are genetically modifying tobacco plants to produce human blood proteins and tissue growth factors. Since plants can’t transmit diseases, this could lead to safer and less expensive treatments for hemophiliacs, and an alternative way of sealing wounds.

RICHLAND, Wash. - Plants have been used in medical treatments throughout human history, but researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are taking a new approach to plants as pharmaceutical components. They are genetically modifying plants to produce human blood proteins and tissue growth agents.


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