MinervaBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.156 (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:156
Goodness knows how one sets about milking a rabbit, but it must be feasible, since a Dutch biotechnology firm has developed a line of transgenic rabbits that secrete into their milk a drug that offers a treatment for the genetic disorder Pompe's disease (Science 1996; 274: 1617). Apparently around 200 rabbits should be able to supply enough of the enzyme α glucosidase to meet worldwide demand for the treatment.
Each year in Britain around 50 000 men over the age of 40 become fathers, says an article in New Generation (1996;15(4):4-5). It goes on to argue that older men often have more time to spend with their children, but it glosses over the fact that most older fathers have had one family already while young. How many children should people have on this overcrowded island?
The number of active nephrons in a transplanted kidney crucially determines success long term. This is the conclusion of a massive study of cadaveric kidney transplantation in the United States (JAMA 1996; 276:1732-6). The number of nephrons is greater than average in kidneys from donors who are young, male, and white. Conversely, small recipients need fewer nephrons and so do better than average.
Herpes simplex infection in rugby football teams may cause a …