Scientists have been given permission to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows for the next 20 years, to see if the animals will produce human proteins in their milk.
AgResearch won Environmental Risk Management Authority approval to allow a handful of scientists to breed and keep genetically-modified animals at the Ruakura research facility, near Hamilton.
Simon Terry, of environmental consultancy the Sustainability Council, welcomed conditions making it clear the milk could not be made for commercial sale but he was concerned the 20-year time limit was three times as long as the last GM experiment at the facility.
AgResearch hopes human proteins made by the animals could eventually be used to make "biopharmaceuticals" to treat rare human diseases and boost New Zealand's income in the pharmaceuticals market
Originally posted by Gentill Abdulla
Get ready for the minotaurs.
Personally I want to be Spider-man!
Originally posted by grantbeed
Not sure how big this news is.
Originally posted by FritosBBQTwist
As with all science, it can be used for good or bad.
I love it.
New Zealand government agencies are tripping over themselves to get into bed with large US corporations, and run roughshod over the New Zealand public to avoid due process and corruptly give blanket approvals to their friends GE experiments.
The studies within the indoor containment facilities encompasses research up to the point of successfully developing cultured embryos will be under containment conditions described in section 4 of this application
Transgenic embryos and cells will be developed in vitro by one of a variety of methods briefly described below (indoor containment activities), and then transferred into the reproductive tracts of recipient animals (outdoor containment activity).
Transduction of oocytes or embryos with infectious non-replicating viral particles introducing the transgene carried by the viral vector into the oocyte/embryo. (Hofmann et al., 2003 and 2004). Embryos will be transferred to recipients, as described for embryos produced by nuclear transfer, to produce transgenic animals
Spermatogonial stem cells that have been genetically engineered are transplanted into the testis of an acceptor animal, which has been treated to destroy its own spermatogonial stem cell population
Andrew West today announced his intention to resign as chief executive of state-owned science company AgResearch Ltd, with effect from June 30.
Dr West has headed the research institute -- focused on this country's dairy, red-meat and wool industries -- for six years.
He agreed to continue to lead AgResearch until mid 2010 to support the board with the transition to a new chief executive.
AgResearch chairman Sam Robinson said the board recognised Dr West's important contribution to the ongoing success of this company and wished him well.
Originally posted by Alethea
Who has actually put up the money to fund these abominations?
Who are all of the contributing corporations and entities behind it?
Now, who is really underneath the shells and the umbrella names?
How far can we trace this to see who is responsible?