AR-News: (Korea) medicine-embedded pigs

Mary Finelli hello_itz_me at hotmail.com
Tue May 4 13:59:33 EDT 2004


>From the May 4th AnimalNet:


KOREAN SCIENTISTS CREATE MEDICINE-EMBEDDED PIGS
Korea TImes, Bae Keun-min, May 1, 2004


Milk and urine of genetically engineered pigs will, according to this story, 
be sources of high-priced medicine for thrombosis, or blood clotting, which 
can result in a stroke or heart attack.
The story says that with the technology, South Korea has become the world’s 
second nation to extract the medicine from livestock, following the United 
States.

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) said on Monday that it created 
five pigs containing human tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a natural 
gene preventing thrombosis.
When blood clots in a vein or artery it hinders the supply of oxygen and 
nutrition to an area of the body.

The RDA said it created the pigs containing human genes by injecting human 
tPA into fertilized pig eggs.

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