Researchers from Japan have bred genetically engineered chickens that lay eggs carrying interferon beta, a protein known to fight diseases like cancer and hepatitis. People often warn about the dangers of cholesterol consumed from eating too many eggs but the chicken egg has a long history in medicine.
Now, researchers successfully genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain a special pharmaceutical agent that can help fight cancer and other immune-related maladies.
The modified gametes were used to fertilize eggs that only produced male chicks. That allowed the grown hens to themselves lay eggs containing the cancer-fighting agent in the egg whites. Step forward, the researchers plan to stabilize the interferon beta contents of the eggs to produce up to 100 milligrams from a single egg.
Without a doubt, chickens and their eggs are going to remain an important subject in the coming medical science.