Why are antibodies so rarely raised in chickens?
March 30, 2011 7:36 AM Subscribe
Why isn't it more common to raise antibodies in chickens and then harvest the antibodies from egg yolk? It seems like the turnaround time is way better than with rabbit or goat serum antibodies, and plus chickens are pretty easy to take care of. I imagine purifying yolk would be easier than serum, too. Is there a downside I'm not seeing, perhaps something you lose by going with an avian rather than a mammalian host?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot to science & nature (8 answers total)