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Are Goats the Answer?

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Goats are gaining acceptance as an established model for biomedical research and for surgical training and teaching. They are used in medical, orthopedic, psychological, chemotherapeutic, and physiologic research. Prions, the protein that plays a major role in mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, were first discovered in sheep and goats. This research was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1997.

Here are a few reasons why

  • The similarity in organ size between some large animal models and humans means they are better models for surgery, heamodynamics, and perhaps one day as a source of  xenotransplants.
  • Several naturally occurring diseases in goats make them suitable animal models for the study of some human diseases.
  • Transgenic goats can be used to produce a wide variety of biologically active recombinant proteins and antibodies.
  • Several naturally occurring diseases in goats make them suitable animal models for the study of some human diseases.

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Are goats the answer?

 

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