As if it wasn’t enough that the United States is relentlessly pushing the invasion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) onto the world’s food supply at an alarming rate, leaving those who are concerned about health to radically step away from most processed foods and start growing their own good, clean food at home, the Middle East is getting into the genetic engineering action with GMO camels. If this succeeds, camels genetically modified with human genes will be cloned for Big Pharma drugs.
Yes, the insanity is spreading. Which begs the following questions – Just when will we learn that it is not in our best interests as a species to fool around like this? What makes the guys in the little white lab coats think they can successfully redesign our entire genetic code with their experimental DNA-changing genetic engineering techniques, which have been unleashed on the planet as a grand experiment on us all? The absolute arrogance is mind boggling.
Genetically modified camels could produce pharma proteins in their milk
By Natalie Morrison, 10-Sep-2012
Genetically modified (GM) camels could be used as a cheap way to produce the pharmaceutical proteins used in drugs – through their milk.
Researchers Dubai’s Camel Reproduction Center are trying to insert genes that encode pharmaceutically-active proteins into camels, with the idea being that the resulting transgenic animals will express the molecules in their milk.
Lead scientist Nisar Wani says the team hopes the project will boost cost-effective drug production for the Middle East and North Africa, where affordability is low.
“Hopefully we will transfer camel transgenic embryos to surrogate mothers for the first time later this year,” Wani told SciDev.Net.
He also said that – for the camel DNA being used in the process – the team are focusing on a particular advantageous cell line which includes traits such as producing milk in high quantities. The team have not yet revealed which foreign gene they are splicing with the camels’, however experts believe it is most likely the human genes which produce the desired protein.
Mark Band, the director of functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign told Green Prophet:
“Most likely they will insert human genes to produce proteins through the camel’s milk.”
©2012 Barbara H. Peterson