Medicine from the udder

"Human" Cow milk should help against multiple sclerosis

New Zealand’s state-owned research institute for agricultural products has received the authorization of the government to use milk cowes an artificial human gene. The field trial will span a period of five years. The goal is the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Milk from the four-legged MBP factory?

The Weidelander in the heart of the north, a landscape in which the country’s noblest racehorses of the country will be at the afternoon home to a pleasant cow family. Phil L’Huillier and his team from the Ruakura Research Center of New Zealandian AG.Research will transfer transgenic cells into the eggs of the kids, cultivate embryos and then plant replacement nuts. The calters are carrier of the synthetic gene and, if everything works, produce later in their milk human basic myelin protein (MBP); There are then four-legged biological MBP factories."That myelin is important for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, the woman was a long time, but it was not easy to get to the stuff.", says L’Huillier

Myelin is the medical expression for the fatty insulation hull, which wraps around many of the human nerves spirally-forming, comparable to the insulating tape for an electric cable. One also speaks of the myelin or market sheath. The cells whose disruptions the "Myelin wrap" Make up oligodendrocytes, since they are able to set several segments of different axons. The descendant is responsible for the dismounting forwarding of the electrical impulses along the nerve along. Multiple sclerosis damages nerve fiber insulation on arbitrary uneven type and causes a wide range of neurological disorders.

The technique medicine in the milk with supplying is not completely new; Sheep and their milk are already used in cystic fibrosis and goat’s milk is tested in US research as a medication supplier in Hamophilia.

Although the project of the AG Research wants to restrict a strictly completed field trial, the application for approval was discussed controversially. The ultimate approval by the New Zealandic Environmental RISK Management Authority (ERMA) was not unanimously.

The Ngati Worn, a sub-strain of Tainui are a Maori group whose country is close to the planned pasture grounds. You have tried to proceed against the project, because the existence of gene-modified animals contradicts the faiths of the Maori in every respect, according to which one is not in the genetic information that can intervene the genetic business card of living beings. Leatrice Welsh, member of the ERMA and closely familiar with Maori Rites, agreed in representation of the Nagati Worn against the project. According to the 1840, in the Basic New Zealand’s Basic Treaty of Waitugi, the New Zealandic government undertakes values to protect the Maori. The small opposition called for this agreement: "Modifying gene structures is a serious injury to the promised ‘Active Protection of Taonga’" wrote Welsh – without success. The majority of the voters of the ERMA was certainly not believed that their duty to protect the values of the indigenous expands to the realm of spiritual expands. The majority of voters, on the other hand, believed that their land can not afford to stand away from the scientific-technological mainstream. "Already this research raises use and it would be unfavorable for New Zealand if it did not participate in these scientific aspirations, especially in the field of agricultural products." so the majority decision.

New Zealand’s grune party has joined the protest against the MPB-Kuhe. Jeanette Fitzsimon, Deputy Party Chair: "The Maori – and above all the Ngati Wabere – are very concerned about this project, and we have the long-term obligation to take you seriously."

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