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Patagonia Clones for Futuristic Insulin?

Do Argentinean Scientists hold the promise for tens of millions of diabetes sufferers, the world over?
It is estimated that 200 million diabetics suffer worldwide; Argentine scientists claim that just 25 insulin-producing cows would be enough for Argentina's 1.5 million diabetics...
And will a revolutionary breakthrough soon be there for tens of millions of people, via a fair-sized herd of cattle?
But wait! Aren't these guys public Enemy #2 of Global Warming enthusiasts? In fact, I think it's “precisely these cattle!" (read below)

First, read the Argentinean Scientists Cloning process. Four cloned Patagonia jersey heifers (born Feb & March) will start producing the human hormone when they reach adulthood...
In an article by Helen Popper, she explains...#
"To produce pharmaceutical products from cow's milk, scientists insert the human gene of interest into an embryo before implanting it into a surrogate mother cow. In this case they used a gene for insulin."

Then they used cloning techniques to take the genetically modified nuclei from these cells and fuse them into cattle eggs. The cloning process starts the egg dividing as if it had been fertilized and they were able to implant four embryos in four surrogate mother cows."
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Now about Patagonia...
Patagonia is often referred to as the 'End of the Earth' because it is claimed to be the world's southernmost city...
According to New Scientist (concerning global warming groups)...
Patagonian dust clouds settle on the Antarctic
"Aluminum dust is eroded off the Earth's crust and lifted into the air by the winds, and form part of clouds of dust that move around the planet"...

"So when researchers, examining a 120-metre-long ice core extracted from the Antarctic Peninsula, found that levels of aluminum had more than doubled during the 20th century, they deduced that the dust must have been deposited there by dust clouds from faraway places."

The team compared the variations in aluminum levels to variations in 20th-century weather and found that the aluminum matched Patagonia weather. For example, more deposited aluminum dust in Antarctica seemed to accurately follow periods of hotter, drier weather in Patagonia. Source

-Read a few facts about Patagonia: here
Directional: "To the east of the Andes, it lies south of the Neuquén River and Colorado rivers, and, to the west of the Andes, south of (39°S), excluding the Chiloé Archipelago. East of the Andes the Argentine portion of Patagonia includes the provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego, as well as the southern tips of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Mendoza and La Pampa. The Chilean portion embraces the southern part of the region of Los Lagos, and the regions of Aysen and Magallanes. It excludes those portions of Antarctica claimed by both countries.
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