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Biotech firm hatches factories with feathers


By Lisa M. Krieger, Mercury News/Mon Aug 29,10:04 AM ET/

A Burlingame biotech firm has turned chickens into factories with feathers.

Origen Therapeutics reports in Saturday's issue of the journal Nature
Biotechnology that it implanted human genes into chickens so that they
lay eggs carrying vast numbers of custom-made human ``monoclonal
antibodies'' to fight cancer.

Furthermore, these antibodies had more potent cell-killing abilities
than those produced using conventional techniques.

``The introduction of this new chicken-based production technology will

The Side Effects of Drugged Crops


Online Extra: The Side Effects of Drugged Crops

SOURCE: BusinessWeek, USA, interview by Arlene Weintraub
DATE: 1 Aug 2005

The Union of Concerned Scientists' Margaret Mellon explains the group's
concerns about the dangers genetically altered food poses

The Union of Concerned Scientists, founded in 1969 at the Massachusetts

GE Rice: Grain of Doubt


Grain of Doubt

SOURCE: Winston-Salem Journal, USA, by David Rice
DATE: 10 Jul 2005

Genetically modified rice in Eastern North Carolina is setting off a
whirlwind of criticism and concern

PLYMOUTH - North Carolina farmers haven't grown rice in many years, so
they welcome the green sprigs now poking out of a flooded field near an

GM Pharmaceuticals from Common Green Alga


GM Pharmaceuticals from Common Green Alga

SOURCE: The Institute of Science in Society, UK
DATE: 22 Jul 2005

Amid widespread protests against using crop plants to produce genetically
modified pharmaceuticals, companies are turning to the single-cell green
alga Chlamydomonas touted as a "safe" alternative; but not when it is to
be grown in largescale outdoor bioreactors Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-
Wan Ho

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