China's Transgenic Cancer Fighting Cow

BEIJING, CHINA - Chinese scientists announced on Monday that they have bred a genetically altered cow capable of producing cancer fighting proteins for humans.
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The cow, which can produce CD20 antibodies in its milk, was born in Beijing on Aug. 2 and a dozen more are due to be born next month.

Researchers said mass breeding of the animal would enable China to mass produce the therapeutic proteins cheaply.

The human monoclonal (produced from a single cell) antibodies could be purified from the milk of the transgenic cow, and used to treat B cell lymphomas and leukemias and some auto-immune diseases, said research team leader Li Ning, an academician with China Academy of Engineering.

"After 10 days of careful observation, we are happy to see the cow is very healthy," said Li, whose laboratory is based in the China Agriculture University.

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