Low-cost drug produced in lettuce

Low-cost drug produced in lettuce
Scientists have recently been successful in using plant-based system to produce shelf-stable drugs. They grew the pharmaceutical-containing lettuce by bombarding lettuce leaves with a fusion of therapeutic protein, coagulation factor IX, with cholera toxin B subunit. They freeze dried the plant material and ground it to make shelf-stable drugs. Unlike drugs based on whole proteins, these drugs require no fermenter, no purification and no refrigeration; hence, they are cheaper and may offer better solution for treating patients with haemophilia.
How to cite this article:
Hameedunissa Begum Shariff. Low-cost drug produced in lettuce. BioLim O-Media. 14 March, 2017. 5(3).
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/omedia/read/BOMA0197.