Originally published April 4 2012
Medical madness: Researchers develop genetically-engineered 'pharm' goats that produce vaccines in milk
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Just as predicted, the scientific community's genetic engineering fetish is quickly degenerating into a no-holds-barred, genetic-tampering freak show of dastardly proportions. According to the Houston Chronicle, researchers at Texas A&M University (A&M) have unveiled a new line of genetically-modified (GM) goats that produce a malaria vaccine directly in their milk.
Mark Westhusin, a professor at A&M's Reproductive Sciences Laboratory, and his colleagues have decided to assume the role of God by altering the genome of goats to artificially produce the malaria parasite. And as a result, their goats now produce milk that contains the same materials found in a malaria vaccine, which they hope will increase vaccine compliance among the world's poorest.
The malaria vaccine in question was reportedly first created a decade ago by GTC Biotherapeutics, a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company, in a form similar to most other vaccines that must be purified and injected into the body. But now, for the first time, these genetic engineers have come up with a way to produce the vaccine in the milk of living creatures.
"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," admitted Westhusin to the Houston Chronicle. Westhusin added that he is anticipating the day when children can "just go out and drink the milk and get vaccinated."
Mammal milk already contains disease-preventing, immune boosting nutrientsApparently Westhusin is grossly unaware of the immune factors and other "nutraceuticals" that already exist naturally in the milk of mammals. Just like human breast milk, goat milk contains beneficial lipids, fatty acids, immune factors, fats, proteins, and other vital nutrients that naturally impart immunity to offspring. Natural, raw mammal milk, in other words, is already a perfect type of "vaccine," if you will, for the immune system of mammalian offspring.
But leave it to the educated ignoramuses in mainstream science to tamper with a good thing in the name of promoting public health. In the warped mind of Westhusin and his colleagues, injecting vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other synthetic substances into the milk of living creatures through their genes will help "save the Third World." But to the rest of the sane world, the A&M team's ill-guided science experiment is unnecessary, and is sure to result in catastrophic -- and potentially irreversible -- consequences.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, appears to be fully onboard with the GM animal phenomenon, having issued a final guidance back in 2009 for regulating what the agency calls "new animal drugs," aka GM animals. In other words, GM animals like A&M's malaria vaccine-producing goats are basically considered to be drugs, and are subject to similar regulatory protocols that imply they can be safe and effective.
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