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Did You Know

See below for a list of ‘Did You Know’ articles relating to Biotech therapies.

Scientists have created a way to get cows and chickens to produce extra amounts of immuno-proteins in their milk and eggs.

King salmon has the highest natural oil content of all salmon, including omega-3 oils which have many health benefits.

Silk worms have been genetically modified to produce collagen which is used to make human skin for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

The first antibiotic was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming who saw that some bacteria he had grown were killed by penicillium mould.

An extract from the New Zealand native totara tree is used as an anti-microbial agent in anti-acne cream and toothpaste.

Insulin was the first recombinant human protein to be made for commercial use.

Recombinant human proteins can be made in bacteria, yeast, fungi, algae and mammalian cells.

Scientists are hoping that crocodile blood may provide a new source of antibiotics to fight human infections.

Scientists are developing a new chewing gum that contains lactobacillus; this bacteria can remove 'bad' bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Antibodies that can help fight some types of cancer are being produced in genetically modified mammalian cells.

There are friendly bacteria called probiotics that when ingested act to help fight illness and disease.

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