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Recombinant DNA technology may enable oral, rather than injectable, delivery of protein drugs

ently injectable protein drugs such as insulin, growth hormone, and erythropoietin, a medication to increase red blood cell counts."

Recombinant DNA technology has and will enable the pharmaceutical industry to produce safer, more pure and more effective versions of therapeutic proteins, Shen adds.

"Since recombinant therapeutics utilize human proteins, they do not induce an unwanted immune response like products created from non-human sources often do."

On behalf of Shen and his collaborators, USC holds the patent to the new recombinant fusion protein technology. The research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.


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Contact: Sarah Huoh
shuoh@usc.edu
323-442-2830
University of Southern California
6-May-2005


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