Scientists Move to Create Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk

Lyn Leaz’s Comment on This:  Can things get any creepier and any worse?  Before long, we’ll all be genetically modified, if we aren’t already from all of this GMO we eat and drink!  Lord come quickly!

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By Elizabeth Renter theintelhub.com September 28, 2012

camel 235x147 Scientists Move to Create Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM MilkAs if genetically altered salmon, genetically modified babies, and GMO crops aren’t science fiction enough for you—soon drug makers will be using genetically modified camels in their pharmaceuticals.

Yes, you read that right—camels.

According to the Science and Development Network, the camels will be used to make genetically modified milk, which will then be processed into cheaper drugs.

Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk – What?

The drugs from these laboratory-created camels will include insulin and clotting factors for hemophilia.

They will be used, at least initially, in the arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa, from which the camels originally came. Apparently, that’s why camels are being used instead of cattle, because of their adjustment to the extreme climates.

Cows would be better producers of transgenic protein as they produce more milk,” said Serge Muyldermans of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at Vrje University Brussel in Belgium. “But as camels can be kept in arid areas and are used to living under harsh conditions, they might be better suited to the Middle East.”

Evidently, other scientists prefer genetically modified cows as well.

In another recent  creation unleashed by scientists, human genes have successfully been inserted intogenetically modified cows that now allow them to produce ‘human’ milk — milk that has the very same properties as human breast milk. What is the world coming to?

But the researchers prefer genetically modified camels since the animals are highly resistant to local disease and easier to maintain in the area. They are more efficient in converting food into body mass when compared with cattle as well.

So, how are the camels being modified? Initial reports aren’t clear. The scientists do say, however, that the camel cells will be modified with “foreign DNA” and then implanted into full-grown camels as embryos. The group plans on transplanting the embryos into the surrogate mothers later this year, though they aren’t sure when the first GM babies will be born.

The calving rate for cloned embryos is only 5%. This means that for every 100 cloned embryos implanted, only five are carried to term and delivered.

“The rate gets even smaller when transgenic cells are used,” said Nisar Wani, head of the Reproductive Biology Laboratory at Dubai’s Camel Reproduction Center.

The gestation period for a camel is about 13 to 14 months. So in the “best” case scenario, the first genetically modified camels won’t be born until early 2014.

Then the world would have to wait for their milk production and the medications to be developed, pushing the actual GM camel-derived pharmaceuticals back another year or so. Even still, the thought of these sort of “advances” in the works is frightening.

At what point does science cross an ethical line? Haven’t we established that genetically modifying foods are dangerous? How could genetically modifying animals and then turning those animals into drugs be any better?

This article originally appeared on NaturalSociety

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11 replies

  1. It is a difficult ethical problem. The genetic modifications are not intended to produce a human-like camel, just human-like camel milk. That seems harmless enough — if the technique works as intended. Unfortunately, even if the technique works exactly as intended, as our expertise with such techniques grow, we will most likely have scientists doing things with genes that we know beyond any doubt they should not be doing.

    • Very true. Have you read about the GMO dangers though? I have a video on here you might want to watch I will give you the link to. There’s more at risk with things like this than what you may know about. In fact, they are using GMO corn, soy, grains, tobacco, etc. and it is already causing problems in the health of many people. Would you like me to give you the link about GMO’s? You really do need to know more about this if you don’t already. I want you to know as well so you can be careful about things. God bless you Tom!

    • Here’s the link just incase :-) I hope you’ll read the information I found i posted below it. Very dangerous stuff to your health..right now. http://lynleahz.com/2012/09/23/a-must-see-video-you-need-to-know-about-this/

      • Lyn Leahz – Thank you for the detailed article on and the video on the risks of genetic modification. I will have to set aside some time to view the video.

        However, I will offer a couple of observations.
        1. No aspect of science is inherently evil. Knowledge itself is neither good nor bad, but all knowledge can be misused. What matters is what use we make of what we know.

        2. Corporations are organizational entities created by government that pose a special danger. Corporations are amoral entities, tools that exist to raise capital and manage profit-making enterprises. As such corporations make use of whatever knowledge they can discover and apply to make money. That is not to say that CEOs, stockholders, or corporate employees are immoral. It is just that there are always people who will do anything to make money. Therefore, if there is a way for a corporation to make money, then greedy CEOs, stockholders, or corporate employees will be found attaching themselves to that company. Or people who should know better will simply blind themselves to the problems created by their conduct. Thus, because of the ease with which they allow greedy people to organize and promote immoral enterprises, corporations must carefully regulated.

        Unfortunately, large collectives such as corporations, unions, and non-profits tend to exercise a disproportionate influence on the political process. Because of that, corporations often see to it that those who write the rules write the rules for the benefit of greedy CEOs, stockholders, corporate employees, union leaders, non-profit managers, and so forth.

        • I don’t feel that all science is evil, however, I do feel certain aspects of science are. For instance, the Bible strictly warns against altering what God has made.

          The element of greatest concern about the issue of genetic engineering involves how much liberty mankind can take in its responsibility to care for the human body and the rest of creation. There is no doubt that the Bible exhorts us to be responsible for our physical health. Proverbs refers to certain activities regarding restoring the health of an individual (Proverbs 12:18). The Apostle Paul states that we have a certain duty to care for the body (Ephesians 5:29). He also encouraged his protégé, Timothy, to take medicinal action for his infirmities (1 Timothy 5:23). We are also aware that believers have the distinct responsibility of responding properly with the body in that it is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19,20). We are to show our faith by offering assistance to those who have physical needs (James 2:16). Therefore, we can conclude that as Christians we should be concerned about physical well-being and the benefits of securing help with our health.

          Second, the creation was to be under the care of humans (Genesis 1:28; 2:15-20), but the Bible tells us that creation was impacted by the sin of humans (Genesis 3:17-19, Romans 8:19-21) and anticipates being redeemed from its effects. It is possible to conclude that as caretakers for the creation, humans have an obligation to “fix” the effects of the sin curse and attempt to bring things into a better alignment, using any means possible. Therefore, the thinking goes, scientific advances could be used for the betterment of the creation. However, there are concerns regarding employing genetic engineering to accomplish this good.

          1. There is the concern that genetic engineering will take on a role beyond what God has given to us as His creation. The Bible states that all things were created by God and for Him (Colossians 1:16). As individuals we are made in God’s image and therefore should be subject to His plan (Genesis 1:26,27; Matthew 22:20,21). God designed all living things after certain “kinds” (Genesis 1:11-25). Too much manipulation of the genetics (altering species) could be delving into issues reserved for the Designer.

          2. There is the concern of genetic engineering attempting to preclude God’s plan for the restoration of creation. As stated above, the creation was affected by the events recorded in Genesis 3 (mankind’s rebellion against God’s plan). Death entered into the world, and man’s genetic make-up and that of the rest of creation began a change toward demise. In some instances, genetic engineering could be seen as an attempt to undo this result called the “curse.” However, God has said that He has a remedy for this—redemption through Jesus Christ, as described in Romans 8 and 1 Corinthians 15. The creation anticipates newness associated with the culmination of God’s promise to restore things to an even better state than the original. To go “too far” to fight this process may compete with the responsibility of individuals to trust in Christ for restoration (Philippians 3:21).

          3. It seems evident from general scriptural study that God has a plan for the process of life. It seems evident that the process is unique and purposeful. There is concern that if humanity interferes with that process, something could go terribly wrong. For example, Psalm 139 describes an intimate relationship between the psalmist and his Creator from the womb. Would the use of genetic manipulation to create life outside of God’s plan jeopardize the development of a God-conscious soul? Would interfering with the process of physical life affect the prospects of spiritual life? Romans 5:12 tells us that all humanity sins because Adam sinned. It is understood that this involved the transference of the sin nature from generation to generation so that all have sinned (Romans 3:23). Paul explains the hope of eternity through the conquering of Adam’s sin. If all that are in Adam (from his seed) die, and Christ died for those in such condition, could life created outside of that “seed” be redeemed? (1 Corinthians 15:22, 23).

          4. There is also the concern that such bold strides in genetic engineering are motivated by a defiance of God. Genesis 11:1-9 discusses what happens when the creation attempts to exalt itself above the Creator. The people in Genesis 11 were unified, yet they were not submissive to God’s design. As a result, God stopped their progress. God certainly recognized that there were some dangers involved with the direction in which the people were headed. We have a similar warning in Romans 1:18-32. There God describes individuals that have become so enamored with the creation (actually worshipping it rather than the Creator) that those individuals spiraled down to destruction. There is a danger that genetic engineering could foster similar motivations, and ultimately, similar results.

          These are questions and issues for which we have no answers at present, but they are concerns, which should be carefully considered by Christians attempting to adopt a view of genetic engineering.

          • I am somewhat uncertain what the Bible has to say about this subject. So I will not try to suggest the best Biblical interpretation. I will just offer these two observations:
            1: When people act in selfish greed, that is a bad sign. We are commanded to love our neighbor.
            2. First, do no harm. That’s the rule in medical ethics, and I think it applies here.

            Let’s consider the basic fear. When someone invents a machine or a new chemical, the operation of the machine or the production and use of the chemical can create problems. However, there usually a ready solution. Stop. On the other hand, the genetic code of plants, animals, and people is extremely complex. So when we manipulate the genetic code of plants, animals, and people; we create great opportunities for unintended consequences. Moreover, depending upon what we have done, we may find it difficult or impossible to undo the damage. And, if — to fix the problem — we tamper further with the genetic code, we may only make things worse.

            What that suggest is that we might be better off leaving well enough alone. However, that is not going to happen. So we have to do our best to regulate the activity. I think that one aspect of that involves making certain the individuals responsible take full responsibility for the consequences of their experiments. Since the stockholders of corporations have a limited liability — they just risk the value of the stock they own — I do not like corporations being in this business, and I trust government even less. A responsible government official? That’s almost an oxymoron.

          • I fully agree that man is the one who takes things and makes them evil. Marriage and intimacy are perfect examples. God made this a holy, beautiful thing; today, it is far more corrupted than ever and perverted. Yet marriage and intimacy done God’s way is still just as beautiful and holy. God bless you Citizen Tom for all of your comments and for sharing your thoughts! If everyone shared the exact same thoughts, the world would be a dull and boring place!

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