Human genes in cows could combat multiple sclerosis
10:20AM Tue Jul 25 2000 NZST
The Environmental Risk Management Authority is expected to release its decision today on a request to modify a Waikato dairy herd with human genes.
Scientists want to insert a synthetic copy of a human gene, myelin basic protein, into dairy cows to see if it reproduces in their milk.
MBP is believed to have beneficial effects on multiple sclerosis.
If cows produce enough of it, further tests will be done to see if a medicine can be developed for humans.
Green MP Sue Kedgley is upset about the request to modify the dairy herd.
She says ERMA should have waited until after the Royal Commission inquiry
into the tests, before considering the request.