New GM Chickens Lay Eggs with Anti-Cancer Drugs ~ helpBIOTECH

28 January 2019

New GM Chickens Lay Eggs with Anti-Cancer Drugs


Researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers.
Scientists have previously shown that genetically modified goats, rabbits and chickens can be used to produce protein therapies in their milk or eggs. The researchers say their new approach is more efficient, produces better yields and is more cost-effective than these previous attempts.
"Production from chickens can cost anywhere from 10 to 100 times less than the factories. So hopefully we'll be looking at at least 10 times lower overall manufacturing cost" said Dr Herron.
Dr Herron and her colleagues managed to reduce the costs by inserting a human gene - which normally produces the protein in humans - into the part of the chickens' DNA involved with producing the white in the chickens' eggs.

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