Tag: Chicken

Want To Know How Your Chicken Filet Was Raised? This Technology May Tell You

“I do have a question about the chicken—can you just tell us a little more about it?” Carrie Brownstein’s character asks of her waitress to learn about her dinner meat in IFC’s hit comedy Portlandia. She and her husband, played by Fred Armisen, continue questioning the waitress about the chicken until she provides the couple with a folder filled with information about the rooster. The diners learn the chicken was named Colin and that he grew up nearby on four acres of land, eating a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and hazelnuts. 

Though this may seem slapstick, consumers’ desire to know where their food’s origins, and to support sustainable and ethical farming, is real. In a 2016 Label Insight survey, 94% of 1,500 consumers said that their purchase decisions are impacted by the manufacturers’ transparency in how the food is made. Further, 71% of these consumers said they consider

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Humanized Chicken Antibody Technology to Drive Next Generation of Integral Molecular’s MPS Antibody Discovery Platform

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Integral Molecular announces the development of Humanized Chicken Antibody Technology (hCAT) and the incorporation of hCAT into the company’s industry-leading MPS antibody discovery platform for multipass membrane proteins. The innovation of hCAT lies in the ability to isolate fully humanized antibodies directly from immunized animals, reducing the time and effort needed for antibody discovery.

The MPS platform uses chickens as a source of antibodies to unlock difficult drug targets that have been inaccessible using conventional animal hosts, such as mice and rabbits. hCAT enables the isolation of antibodies that are already fully humanized and bind with high (picomolar) affinity. This streamlines the antibody discovery process and reduces the need for downstream engineering. Antibodies isolated using hCAT in many cases are more human (i.e. germline human) than antibodies isolated directly from humans.

“Antibody humanization and engineering are often necessary for the development of therapeutic

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