Mixing Human Genes with that of a Bull

In 1992 a small biotechnology company called Gen Pharm International in Mountain View, CA, USA, developed the first Transgenic bull. (Transgenic animals are genetically engineered to contain human genes) This Transgenic bull nicknamed Herman fathered the first transgenic calves in 1993, each of the female calves carried gene for making human lactoferrin in cows milk. Human lactoferrin, is naturally produced in human milk and has properties as antibacterial action and iron transport.

Now why scientist would do this, seem weird and may never make it to human consumption. In my opinion and only my opinion is that just because it can be done, does not mean it should, but the science could lead to other important discoveries…

Date:
      1992, 1993
Company:
      Gen Pharm International
Location:
      Mountain View, CA, USA


Additional Information:

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  • Transcript of HERMAN THE BULL
    Herman was genetically engineered in a laboratory at an early embryo stage by Gen Pharm International. Herman was micro injected cells with the human gene coding for lactoferrin.

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