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DARPA Funds Research into Nerve Agent Drug Made Using Tobacco
The U.S. Defense Department's elite scientific research agency earlier this month authorized $2.7 million in funding to support a Kentucky firm's study into how tobacco plants can be used to grow a countermeasure to nerve agents, Wired reported on Thursday.
Kentucky Bioprocessing will use the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant to develop a potential countermeasure that could be administered to U.S. military personnel before they are sent to conflict areas where they could face a chemical attack. Protection now would require special breathing apparatuses and other equipment that is bulky and found in limited quantities.
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