Monday, February 9, 2009

F.D.A. Approves Drug From Gene-Altered Goats

According to the NYTimes, the F.D.A. has approved a drug from gene-altered goats. This milestone for science has not been without critics who claim that this approval "could now encourage drug makers to consider this type of production." The Times reports that the drug was approved to prevent blood clots in people born with a rare hereditary deficiency of antithrombin while they undergo surgery or childbirth. At other times such people can reduce their clotting risks by taking blood thinners like warfarin, but during surgery or childbirth blood thinners are typically avoided because of the risk of excessive. What do you think of using these "Pharm" animals for drug purposes? We'd like to hear your thoughts.

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