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Iowa State University scientist helps to develop rice plants to neutralize HIV transmission

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

An international research group, which included Iowa State’s Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in transgenic rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world.