GENET-news articles on GE goats

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2015-11-02 |

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE soybeans.

2014-04-03 |

rEVO Biologics starts trials of drug from GM goat milk

A French biotechnology company that runs a farm for genetically altered goats in Charlton has started pivotal trials of its drug ATryn in pregnant women who develop preeclampsia.

2013-04-16 |

Belarusian-Russian transgenic programs for mass lactoferrin production with GE goats

Results of the programs BelRosTransgen and BelRosTransgen 2 will be used in the future for the mass production of human lactoferrin out of transgenic goat milk. [...] The BelRosTransgen 2 program, which runs in 2009-2013, is now in progress. Before its completion the scientists have started working on preparing the next program, which among other things provides for commercial production of medications using human lactoferrin.

2013-02-13 |

Lactoferrin obtained from transgenic goats perfect for babies and athletes

The lactoferrin produced as part of the Belarus-Russia joint project will be prescribed not only to babies who need breast milk substitutes, but also to athletes, head of the biochemistry sub-department of the Belarusian State University Igor Semak told a press conference on 5 February, BelTA has learnt. [...] this lactoferrin (the substance is obtained from the milk of transgenic goats) can be used in pharmaceutics, cosmetology, food industry and even sports,” Igor Semak said. However, the biggest value of lactoferrin is its ability to be a breast milk substitute for babies.

2012-11-27 |

Transgenic goats living in Belarus become sensation in scientific world

Transgenic goats are a joint project of the Belarusian and Russian scientists. The first task was to develop technology for breeding transgenic animals. Now the top priority is lactoferrin. One gram of this protein costs about 5,000 dollars in the world market. According to the scientists, goats are disease resistant, and, most importantly, goat’s milk does not cause allergies in children.

2012-09-26 |

U.S. Department of Agriculture fines University of Wyoming USD8,571 for kid GE goat neglect

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined the University of Wyoming more than $8,500 for neglecting some genetically modified kid goats. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the young goats included two that were very thin and one that died of an intestinal parasite. The goats had been genetically engineered for research into producing fibers as strong as spider silk. The federal agency alleged two Animal Welfare Act violations.

2012-09-26 |

U.S. Department of Agriculture fines University of Wyoming USD8,571 for kid GE goat neglect

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined the University of Wyoming more than $8,500 for neglecting some genetically modified kid goats. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the young goats included two that were very thin and one that died of an intestinal parasite. The goats had been genetically engineered for research into producing fibers as strong as spider silk. The federal agency alleged two Animal Welfare Act violations.

2012-03-28 |

After the edible vaccine failed - the drinkable vaccine from GE goats

The so-called “pharm animal” has been genetically modified to carry a malaria vaccine in her milk, a development that has the potential to change life in impoverished countries. [...] “Our ultimate, ultimate idea is to continue the research to the point to where you actually have a herd of goats that are producing vaccines, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals … in their milk,” A&M professor Mark Westhusin said, envisioning a day when children can “just go out and drink the milk and get vaccinated.” The process from testing to trials and approval could take 10 years.

2011-12-15 |

Cloned cat deficiencies: Protein changes account for premature deaths

One of the established animal cloning techniques is somatic cell nuclear transfer which has been applied to the successful reproduction of sheep, mice, goats, cattle, dogs and cats. However, despite the apparent success, the survival rate of cloned animals is disappointingly low. The difficulties have been attributed to abnormal gene expression in cloned placentas which results in the loss of foetuses or the rapid death of newly born offspring.

2011-06-16 |

Kenyans women farmers now go organic farming

Women are at the frontlines spearheading organic farming in Lari and their strategic role in society has only entrenched the practice to boost food security for their families and the entire community. Njeri engages in intensive cultivation of indigenous crop varieties that include cassava, yams, arrowroots, sweet potatoes, traditional maize and Norway beans in her two acre piece of land. She also rears indigenous goats, chicken and rabbits whose products are a prized treasure among local communities and external markets.

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