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Biopharming: Making Human Proteins in Animals

Making human proteins to treat diseases in animal and plant hosts offers several advantages over extracting those proteins from human and animal sources. What are some of those advantages?

Summary Introduction

To determine: The advantages of making human proteins to treat diseases in animal and plant hosts over extracting those proteins from human and animal sources.

Introduction: A technology which produces commodities or services for the benefit of living organisms using recombinant DNA and other techniques of molecular biology is known as Biotechnology. Human proteins were first produced using the techniques of biotechnology to treat human diseases. An example of one artificially produced protein using biotechnology to treat human diseases is insulin.

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Several advantages of making human proteins in animal and plant hosts are as follows:

  • Using plants hosts to make human proteins reduces the costs as instead of growing bacterial or mammalian cells in the stainless steel bioreactors, plant cells are grown in disposable plastic bags which are cost effective.
  • The plant and animal hosts also provide an increased yield...

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