Scientists Move to Create Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk
Friday, September 28, 2012
As if genetically altered salmon, genetically modified babies, and GMO crops aren’t science fiction enough for you — soon drug makers will be using genetically modified camels in their pharmaceuticals. Yes, you read that right — camels. According to the Science and Development Network, the camels will be used to make genetically modified milk, which will then be processed into cheaper drugs.
Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk – What?
The drugs from these laboratory-created camels will include insulin and clotting factors for hemophilia. They will be used, at least initially, in the arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa, from which the camels originally came. Apparently, that’s why camels are being used instead of cattle, because of their adjustment to the extreme climates.
Cows would be better producers of transgenic protein as they produce more milk, said Serge Muyldermans of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at Vrje University Brussel in Belgium. But as camels can be kept in arid areas and are used to living under harsh conditions, they might be better suited to the Middle East.
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