A farm in Holland is said to be the first in the commercial milking of rabbits, who have been genetically modified to include a human gene and contain a protein called C1 inhibitor.
The milk could help prevent the rejection of transplant organs and tissue damage in survivors of strokes, heart attacks and car accidents, and may also treat the hereditary immune disorder angioedema.
"I am really excited. This therapy will transform the lives of sufferers," Times Online quoted Hilary Longhurst, an immunologist at Barts hospital in London, as saying.
Sijmen de Vries, the chief executive of Pharming, the biotech company behind the project, added: "There is a great unmet need for this product. We have the capacity to produce it cheaply in unlimited quantities."
I just read a crazy article . . . well worth the read, even though it is outdated. Scientists back in 2010 were concentrating on creating herds of dairy rabbits to help treat heart patients with their milk. Yes, the rabbits are somewhat genetically modified, but it's still pretty cool.
Like I said, this was back in the beginning of 2010, before it was accepted. I also couldn't find any more articles that could actually tell me whether or not the product actually was accepted or not. Let me know if you find out something else about it!
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