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SemBioSys, Roslin Institute Make Proteins from GM Organisms

12:59 PM MDT | July 25, 2007 | Alex Scott

Biotechnology firm SemBioSys Genetics (Calgary, AB) says it has demonstrated that it can produce insulin for the treatment of diabetes by growing insulin in genetically modified (GM) safflower plants. The insulin is indistinguishable from human insulin, SemBioSys says. SemBioSys says its proprietary GM plant technology will revolutionize the economics associated with producing insulin. Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi-Aventis currently dominate the insulin market, which in 2005 was worth $7.2 billion. The company says its technology would reduce manufacturing...

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