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Tobacco could be used to produce interleukin 10

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:143
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canadian researchers have succeeded in producing a tobacco plant that contains a human gene that expresses the cytokine interleukin 10. They hope to produce enough of the cytokine to be able to make an oral anti-inflammatory vaccine for bowel diseases and certain autoimmune diseases.

    The first plants containing the gene were grown in a laboratory, and the first field …

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