Weekly Harvest Newsletter

Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 14, 2006

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service Web site. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

Genetically Engineered Chicken Announced by Biotech Company
The biotech company Origen Theraputics has announced its development of a genetically engineered chicken that can carry a gene for a new trait into perpetuity, says an article in The Mercury News. The company made its announcement in the journal Nature. According to the article, this development could turn chickens into "feathered medicine factories," as generations of chickens continue to produce eggs with theraputic contents, such as cancer-fighting antibodies. "This work addresses a major biomedical issue—how to produce antibody-based medicines in an easy, cost-effective way," said one of the project's funders in a press release.
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