Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have genetically altered chickens to make human proteins in their eggs. These scientists hope that one day this project will lead to the formation of lifesaving drugs that are much cheaper to make. Researches altered the genomes of the chickens so their eggs produce large amounts of high quality proteins.
After the experiment was carried out, just three eggs contained a clinically significant dose. Primarily the proteins will be consumed in research but laboratory tests have confirmed that they work as well as equivalent drugs.
Protein-based treatments such as the cancer cures use Herceptin and Avastin that can be successful where traditional drugs fail but they are highly expensive.
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17 November, 2019