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Proteins similar to antibodies can be produced using plant seeds

Researchers have developed plant seeds proteins which are quite similar to antibodies. These have been created by Ghent University researchers and are expected to emerge as a cheaper alternative to medication produced currently. The researchers showed that the proteins produced from plant seed were as active as the antibodies which are found in the human body. They could be successfully deployed in medical applications and the ability to create them from plant seeds offers numerous benefits over the traditional methods of production. Since a long time researchers were busy in developing techniques for producing proteins using plant in an efficient manner and since working with plants does not involve the requirement of a high tech laboratory therefore it is expected to bring down the costs of medication by around hundred times. Besides this it would be possible to undertake large scale production without requiring undertaking investments in expensive fermentors. Producing antibodies the natural way, probably looks a good idea to me.