Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press writes at Duluth News Tribune:
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — For Dave Roeser, it’s not just about salad anymore.St. Paul’s award-winning hydroponic gardener will still grow vegetables but is adding medicinal plants. He plans to raise 100,000 genetically modified plants to produce medicine for cancer, flu and — potentially — Ebola.
“This is exciting,” said Roeser, a retired controller for Hewlett-Packard.
Roeser has been operating a Maplewood greenhouse to produce vegetables for his company, Garden Fresh Farms. He will continue growing vegetables in a new location in St. Paul but has co-founded a new company — MnPharm — to convert the Maplewood greenhouse into a biological drug factory.
Scientists — and Roeser — see great potential in using plants to produce vaccines.
That’s because vaccines traditionally have been made by the cumbersome process of injecting weakened germs into chicken eggs.