AR-News: (U.S.) genetically engineering cows for vaccines
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Tue Nov 11 22:07:40 EST 2003
Article synopsis from the 11/11 AnimalNet:
MIDWEST RESEARCH LOOKS AT COWS TO PRODUCE VACCINES
Associated Press, David Pitt, November 10, 2003
Des Moines -- Research to help defend against diseases that could be spread
by bioterrorists is, according to this story, being carried out in the
pastures of northwest Iowa.
The story says that calves have been genetically engineered to produce human
antibodies their immune systems reacting to infection as a human's would
to defend against diseases such as smallpox, botulism and anthrax.
Trans Ova, a Sioux Center animal embryo transfer company, working with
Hematech, a biotechnology company based in Westport, Conn., hopes to produce
antibodies that can be used in humans.
The U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health have
given more than $6 million to Hematech to encourage the research.
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