Genetically modified chickens can lay eggs that contain an important immune-boosting human protein.
Researchers at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh Roslin Institute have developed a more efficient means of creating transgenic chickens. The egg whites produced by these hens, which contain the protein interferon alpha 2 (IFNA2), are collected and refined into a medical therapy – with only three eggs needed to produce a clinically relevant dose.
The scientists hope this new approach to raising and caring for transgenic chickens could one day be an effective, affordable option for producing many life-saving compounds, especially when compared with current methods.
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