[färmiNG] The process of genetically modifying plants and animals so they produce substances that may be used as pharmaceuticals.
In 2009, the FDA approved the first drug produced in the milk of genetically engineered goats. The blood protein Antithrombin was extracted from the goat’s milk and used to create anti-clotting drugs. These transgenic goats, specifically engineered to create human proteins within their bodies, live on controlled university and biotech farms. Since 2009, cattle, sheep, chicken, rabbits, and pigs have been genetically modified to produce proteins and drugs.
ANIMAL PHARM investigates this controversial use of genetic modification in animals by the pharmaceutical industry. Playing off Orwell’s dystopian fable Animal Farm, these collages critique the role of corporate and government influence.