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Production, Transport and Storage of HIV Treatment in Soya Beans

NCI Soya

Genetically modified soya beans provide a scalable, low-cost method of producing microbicides that prevent AIDS, a technique sustainable for resource-poor countries where AIDS is spreading rapidly. The NCI Molecular Targets Laboratory working with the Frederick National Laboratory, and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation partnered to demonstrate an inexpensive and safe HIV infection treatment approach suitable for resource-poor areas. Researchers have demonstrated that soya bean seeds provide an alternative means of producing Cyanovirin-N (CV-N), a protein capable of permanently deactivating strains of HIV and preventing infection.

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