Name: Thomas B Jensen
How do genetic engineers produce synthetic erythropoetin? This drug for
hemophiliacs is commonly abused by professional cyclists.
The gene that encodes EPO (erythropoetin) was cloned by scientists
at several different companies. That gene was the n joined to
a piece of DNA so the gene could be expressed in cells that
can be grown in the laborator5y. The protein is then purified from
those cells. Is this enough, or do you want more specifics?
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