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Calves Carry Gene

By Staff Reporter Leigh Catley at 4:31pm, 27th June 2001

Against considerable odds four genetically engineered calves, born late last week in Hamilton, have achieved a world first by carrying copies of a human gene.

The calves narrowly escaped death last month when the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the AgResearch project.

The calves are carrying a human protein gene called myelin, believed to be helpful for multiple sclerosis.

The High Court decided the Environmental Risk Management Authority had to reconsider its approval for the research, because it had not followed correct legal procedure.

ERMA decided to allow the experiments to continue.

An AgResearch spokesperson Claire Grant says the scientists are pleased the four surviving calves have successfully carried the implanted gene.

Three other calves died.

She says the scientists are hoping the genetically engineered animals will produce the gene - which is believed to help multiple sclerosis sufferers - in their milk.

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