Medical madness: Researchers develop genetically-engineered ‘pharm’ goats that produce vaccines in milk
by: Jonathan Benson
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Just as predicted, the scientific community’s genetic engineering fetish is quickly degenerating into a no-holds-barred, genetic-tampering freak show of dastardly proportions. According to the Houston Chronicle, researchers at Texas A&M University (A&M) have unveiled a new line of genetically-modified (GM) goats that produce a malaria vaccine directly in their milk.
Mark Westhusin, a professor at A&M’s Reproductive Sciences Laboratory, and his colleagues have decided to assume the role of God by altering the genome of goats to artificially produce the malaria parasite. And as a result, their goats now produce milk that contains the same materials found in a malaria vaccine, which they hope will increase vaccine compliance among the world’s poorest.
The malaria vaccine in question was reportedly first created a decade ago by GTC Biotherapeutics, a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company, in a form similar to most other vaccines that must be purified and injected into the body. But now, for the first time, these genetic engineers have come up with a way to produce the vaccine in the milk of living creatures.