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Korean Scientists Create Pigs That Pee Medicine!
The Korea Times ^ | 5/4/2004 | Bae Keun-min

Posted on 05/04/2004 9:27:48 AM PDT by Dallas59

Milk and urine of genetically engineered pigs will be sources of high-priced medicine for thrombosis, or blood clotting, which can result in a stroke or heart attack.

With the technology, South Korea has become the world’s second nation to extract the medicine from livestock, following the United States.

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) said on Monday that it created five pigs containing human tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a natural gene preventing thrombosis.

When blood clots in a vein or artery it hinders the supply of oxygen and nutrition to an area of the body.

The RDA said it created the pigs containing human genes by injecting human tPA into fertilized pig eggs.

The tPa injection, considered one of 10 biotechnology medicines in the world, costs some 53.5 million won per gram and whose global market is estimated to be $350 million (410.55 billion won), according to the RDA.

The U.S. succeeded in producing goats with human tPA in 1998 and has been clinically testing the medicine extracted from the goat milk.

Currently, medicine for thrombosis is mostly produced through cultivation of a hamster cell, so-called rtPA. But the pigs will result in reduced production costs by one-hundredth if the separation and refining process has improved, the RDA said.

When technology is enhanced to raise the extraction rate presently at 10 percent to 50 percent, the commercialization of the product will be started, the RDA said. It aims to increase the rate to 50 percent within this year, and further pull up to 90 percent in cooperation with medicine companies.

The invention is part of government efforts to nurture the biotechnology industry as one of the next-generation’s growth engines.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: antiislamic; genetics; healthcare; korea; medicine; oink; pee; pigs; pork
Maybe a new weapon against Radical Islam...
1 posted on 05/04/2004 9:27:48 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
That'll do, Pig, that'll do...
2 posted on 05/04/2004 9:28:43 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: mhking
ping
3 posted on 05/04/2004 9:30:12 AM PDT by NCjim
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To: Dallas59
I don't understand the Title......
4 posted on 05/04/2004 9:31:49 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: Dallas59
Turns out you can make a silk purse from a sow's ... er ... milk.
5 posted on 05/04/2004 9:32:41 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: Dallas59
Lemme' know when they can pee single-malt Scotch.
6 posted on 05/04/2004 9:32:58 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Dallas59
No wonder it tastes so bad.
7 posted on 05/04/2004 9:33:34 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Dallas59
Millions of women take pills made from concentrated mare urine. premarin. :-D
8 posted on 05/04/2004 9:33:39 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Dallas59
You should see what I pee after about 4 Milwaukee's Bests...
9 posted on 05/04/2004 9:33:40 AM PDT by baltodog (There are three kinds of people: Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: Dallas59
I hope our gov't steps in to protect us from these cheaper drugs.
10 posted on 05/04/2004 9:33:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: nuconvert
The medicines gatta come out someplace...
11 posted on 05/04/2004 9:34:36 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
Not even "A Spoonful Of Sugar"...
12 posted on 05/04/2004 9:34:40 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: Dallas59; Xenalyte; Allegra; Bacon Man
All your pig wee are belong to us!
13 posted on 05/04/2004 9:35:53 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: newgeezer
That pharmacy's drive-up window must be a real pisser!
14 posted on 05/04/2004 9:36:39 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Dallas59
ah....

LOL!

I was reading it differently. I thought they were making medicine for pigs to make them pee. LOL!!
15 posted on 05/04/2004 9:36:46 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: martin_fierro
"Yes, President Hussein, this will make you feel better. Now close your eyes and say aaahhh..."
16 posted on 05/04/2004 9:37:23 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Any moment now, unspeakable horror! Trust me!" -Tom Servo)
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To: nuconvert
More coffee.............
17 posted on 05/04/2004 9:37:42 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
No wonder the train blew up last week in DNK..they were exporting "medicine"
18 posted on 05/04/2004 9:37:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: Dallas59
This is nothing new. A number of breweries have horses that pee beer.
19 posted on 05/04/2004 9:38:24 AM PDT by flying Elvis
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To: Dallas59
Ah, peescription drugs. Interesting...
20 posted on 05/04/2004 9:38:43 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: Dallas59
Korean Scientists Create Pigs That Pee Medicine!

No S__t!

21 posted on 05/04/2004 9:39:37 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat (When did Pro-Life become Pro-Defeatist? Why have the manic-depressives been allowed to take over?)
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To: Dallas59
Why not? Women in this country have been taking pregnant mare urine (PreMarIn) for hormone replacement for years! Yum Yuck!
22 posted on 05/04/2004 9:39:53 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (I am HairOfTheDog and I approved this message.)
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To: Dallas59
And you thought that getting kids to swallow their medicine was difficult before. "Icky! I don't want any more Pigicillin."
23 posted on 05/04/2004 9:41:10 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing. - Ann Coulter 4/1/04, How 9-11 Happened)
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To: Dallas59
"Yes, Dr. Fleener? This is Bob down at the pharmacy. Wackiest thing...Gloria came in with a prescription, and it looks like you wrote, well, 'pig piss.' Yeah, I laughed about th..."

"Um, really? I...see. Ooookay then, thanks."

24 posted on 05/04/2004 9:41:33 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Any moment now, unspeakable horror! Trust me!" -Tom Servo)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Correct
25 posted on 05/04/2004 9:43:43 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: Dallas59

26 posted on 05/04/2004 9:44:37 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: flying Elvis
The late Billy Carter, after sending a sample of "Billy Beer" to the FDA, received back a note that stated:

"WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR HORSE HAS DIABETES."
27 posted on 05/04/2004 9:46:39 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Dallas59
Hey, my granpa "did" her.

She still calls his house and hangs up when my grandma answers the phone.
28 posted on 05/04/2004 9:50:45 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Bluntpoint
What a Harlot!
29 posted on 05/04/2004 9:53:13 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
Now if I could just teach my horses to poop $20 bills, I'll be all set.
30 posted on 05/04/2004 9:56:26 AM PDT by Noumenon (There's nothing wrong with the Left that can't be cured with a rope, a knife or a .45)
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To: Dallas59
Yeah, she is a harlot. But my grampa's teeth still smile in the glass next to his bed.
31 posted on 05/04/2004 9:56:36 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Noumenon
I'm working on a mule that can eat sawdust and poop two by fours.
32 posted on 05/04/2004 9:57:43 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Dallas59
Currently, medicine for thrombosis is mostly produced through cultivation of a hamster cell, so-called rtPA. But the pigs will result in reduced production costs by one-hundredth if the separation and refining process has improved, the RDA said.

"Twice as less" is what I think this reporter means. I DON'T think he means that this new process will reduce costs by one percent! I think he means they will be reduced TO one percent of what they are now.

33 posted on 05/04/2004 10:13:54 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Mercat; HairOfTheDog
I never let anyone talk me into HRT, even before I knew it was made from something icky-it just seemed unnatural to me, and not a good thing to do. Since they found out what it REALLY does to women, I am eternally grateful I was suspicious. I think I'd be uneasy with pig urine, too-doesn't sound right...
34 posted on 05/04/2004 10:28:04 AM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line)
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To: Bluntpoint
That hurts just thinking about it.
35 posted on 05/04/2004 2:19:42 PM PDT by Noumenon (There's nothing wrong with the Left that can't be cured with a rope, a knife or a .45)
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