Agriculture News Briefs - June 14,
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
CompanyThe 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