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Shepherdess orphan lamb feeder, England, 1997

The Shepherdess orphan lamb feeder was used to feed newborn lambs at British biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics. The device consists of a plastic pail with a filament heater inside to warm the milk. Lambs suckle the milk through rubber teats attached to the outside of the pail. The lambs being fed were the offspring of transgenic ewes. The natural milk of these genetically modified sheep produces specific proteins that treat human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The milk was therefore considered too valuable to feed lambs who were fed a milk replacement solution from these pails. PPL’s approach was not followed through commercially.

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Glossary: feeding

To provide with food or nourishment

Glossary: feeding pail

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