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That’s the question biologists at UC San Diego sought to answer after they demonstrated last May that algae can be engineered to produce a vaccine that blocks malaria transmission.
Pond scum may be undervalued, but a team of scientists recently discovered it could have biological value. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego recently revealed that they have successfully genetically engineered algae that can make a complex, therapeutic drug that is anti-cancer.
Pharmaceutical companies could substantially reduce the expense of costly treatments for cancer and other diseases produced from mammalian or bacterial cells by growing these human therapeutic proteins in algaeâ€”rapidly growing aquatic plant cells that have recently gained attention for their ability to produce biofuels.