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Beefy Biotech Wonder Saved From Slaughter

January 17, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A genetically engineered bull was saved from the slaughterhouse after a Dutch museum and a funeral parlor agreed to pay for his care.

Herman, the first bull to carry a human gene, will move to Leiden's natural history museum from the farm where he grew up after Pharming, the firm that created him, said it couldn't afford to keep him.

Herman was created in 1990 when scientists infused a bovine embryo with a human gene for producing a protein essential for infant growth.

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