Prather gives a tour of the “Wall of Pork and Beef,” which highlights some of the important research projects on which he has collaborated over the years.
â€¢ In his early tests with embryo transfers in pigs, the cloned, genetically modified swine share the distinct characteristic of a green fluorescent snout.
â€¢ Removing the Alpha 1,3-galactosyltransferase (GGTA1) gene in pigs eliminates the deadly antibodies that attack organs coming from a different species.
â€¢ By “co-colonizing the pig liver” (transferring human liver cells into fetal pigs), the pig is born with a liver that is part human, providing another potential source of liver cells for transfer to a person with liver disease.
â€¢ Creating stem cells from skin could lead to useful genetic modifications.
â€¢ In order to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a devastating lung disease found in humans alone, Prather’s research shows that, with genetic modification, swine can develop the same condition, making it easier to test treatments and therapies for humans.
â€¢ Adding certain genes to pigs has resulted in the protein being produced in the pigs’ milk. The pigs can then be milked and the proteins purified from the milk, which could contribute to the creation of a pharmaceutical treatment for hemophilia.
SyndicateMizzou is a one-stop, web-based resource for information on research and creative activity at the University of Missouri. As an electronic hub for news from all areas of the MU campus, it aims to serve a variety of audiences: citizens of Missouri, prospective undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and alumnae, legislators and other governmental officials, and national and international colleagues and institutions. more...
Give us Your Feedback
Do you have ideas on whom we should interview next? Or how about how we can make this site better? Please let us know!
Center for eResearch | 21 Parker Hall | Columbia, MO 65211
573.882.9720 (ph) | 573.884.0291 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org