Keasling: There is a molecule that was actually discovered by the Samoans many decades ago and was used to treat hepatitis. A few years ago, the active ingredient in that concoction was actually elucidated by the National Institutes of Health and they found it was very effective in treating HIV in cell cultures and animals models. It’s now going through clinical trials. We can produce this molecule in the same bacterium that we’ve engineered to produce the anti-malarial drug using very similar technology.
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