Tobacco plants helping in HIV fight

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – With news revealed of tobacco’s help in treating those with the Ebola virus, the plants are also being used in the fight against HIV.

University of Louisville researchers have now been given a $14.7 million grant from the national institutes of health to develop a gel with specific protein to prevent the transmission of HIV.

As for the Ebola serum, it’s not approved by the FDA just yet and there’s only a limited supply.

U of L President James Ramsey says the university is looking to solve problems that affect the world and globally 34 million people are HIV positive.
 

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