Skip to comments.West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco
Posted on 03/28/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an infectious disease researcher at Arizona State University, is one such person. His team of scientists conducted an experiment, published today in PLOS ONE, that demonstrates how a drug produced in tobacco plants can be used to prevent death in mice infected with a lethal dose of West Nile virus. The study represents an important first step in the development of a treatment for the mosquito-borne disease that has killed 400 people in the US within the last two years.
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I saw an episode of Survivorman where he was talking about using smoke to kill foot fungus and mentioned that tobacco smoke was said to be particularly good for it.
its said to diminish the chances of mens developing Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s disease. most notably.
The mice are smarter than smokers however so the results may not transfer to humans.
... and how smart are you relative to a rodent, lol?
A common “cure” for earache that I recall from childhood was blowing cigarette smoke into the problematic ear. Experienced it myself as a child. It actually did feel better, briefly. Why, I have no idea.
It’s not a normal tobacco plant.
They engineered genes designed to produce monoclonal antibodies and injected these into tobacco plants. They probably could have chosen any plant.
No, tobacco is fairly unique in this regard, to the point that it’s highly preferred for such purposes. There are several other instances of tobacco plants being used in this manner going back some time.
Must be true, I have been a smoker for over 50 years and have never had West Nile infection, not even once.
Duckweed is another candidate.
Pharming. (Not the Interwebs attack)
“Must be true, I have been a smoker for over 50 years and have never had West Nile infection, not even once.”
Nicotine is one of the primary chemicals used in many pesticides..........
Grew up in tobacco country, never heard of that. RJR used to give away cured tobacco stems by the truckload, they were excellent for soil remediation in gardens and even served as fertilizer of a sort when spread on a lawn, the grass greened right up.
Tobacco also known to harbor "tobacco moziac virus" for those folks who garden around tomato plants.
Only known remedy to control "Tobacco Moziac Virus" is to rinse your hands in milk (c/o Organic Gardening)
Perhaps there is a control in milk ??
Or perhaps one virus numerically overcomes the other ??
It gives a whole new meaning to " Blow it it your ear "
Or as Nancy says : " Enjoy the suck (Obamavomit)! "
Must be true. Smoked for 40 years. Gave it up. Got West Nile. Died last year.
i hear that crittercizers that have parasites (a bug up their BTTT) can be a cured by eating tobacco
It's not effective on all of them, as anyone who's ever been stung by a tobacco worm can attest.
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