LISTEN: The Chinese hamsters that helped birth biotech

The Chinese hamster has led a secret life in science for decades

According to one estimate. Chemical Heritage Foundation 11 biotech drugs that are made with ovarian cells of these small rodents generated an incredible $ 57 billion in sales in 2013 alone.

That’s pretty amazing, given Chinese hamster humble beginning as a pest in the fields. They have come a long way since 1948, when a scientist named Robert Briggs Watson smuggling a case of them outside China as the Maoists were expel nationals.

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These days, everyone knows in biotechnology these Chinese hamster ovary cells special by its abbreviated name, CHO cells. Almost everyone outside the industry have no idea what a CHO is, or how important it was for the birth of biotechnology.

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