The Rubber Research Institute of Maylasia in Kuala Lumpur has successfully produced genetically modified rubber plants that produce human proteins.

Human serum albumin, which is a nutrient given to patients on intensive care, is now being produced in steady quantities from rubber plants into which the appropriate human genes have been implanted. According to Hoong-Yeet Yeang of the Institute, “we’re getting continuous production simply by tapping it for milk.”

The yield is high enough to make the human proteins very cheaply, and the rubber left over can still be used for tires.

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