Notre Dame researcher explores the potential of producing mammalian-like proteins with silkworm moths
Professor Malcolm Fraser Jr.
The availability of medicines in many low- and middle-income countries is undermined by poor medicine supply, insufficient health facilities, and the high cost of medicine, according to the World Health Organization. This includes the production or financial capability for establishing biotherapeutic production processes to treat a variety of common illnesses and diseases. However, what if these countries could utilize the millennia-old, household practice of farming silk from silkworm moth caterpillars to produce affordable, in-demand biology-based therapeutics?
Malcolm Fraser Jr., the University of Notre Dame’s Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C., Professor of Biological Sciences and Eck Institute for Global Health affiliated faculty member, is conducting research that utilizes the silkworm caterpillar’s silk gland to conduct mammalian-like protein production with the end goal of producing cost-effective biotherapeutic products, or therapeutic materials created utilizing recombinant DNA technology, that can be used to treat life-threatening and chronic diseases. Read More