Tobacco could be used to produce interleukin 10BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7203.143a (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:143
- David Spurgeon
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 …