30 Dec '15, 6pm

The US government approves drug-producing “GMO” chickens https://t.co/v6lbyeLMvU

The US government approves drug-producing “GMO” chickens https://t.co/v6lbyeLMvU

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a chicken that has been genetically engineered to produce a drug in its eggs. As part of a growing trend known as ‘farmaceuticals,’ these transgenic chicken eggs will contain a recombinant human enzyme that replaces a faulty enzyme in people with a rare, inherited condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules in cells. The drug, called Kanuma, was treated to a priority review by the FDA, which fast-tracked its approval. For starters, let’s be clear about what that scary sounding word ‘transgenic’ means. Transgenic is basically the animal equivalent of a GMO. That is, the genes of certain animals are altered to make it do something it wouldn’t naturally do. In this case, it’s create an enzyme in the chicken eggs. Previously, the FDA approved transgenic goats in 2009 that produce an anticoagulant ca...

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