Posilac Used Syringe Disposal System

Posilac Used Syringe Disposal System

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Description (Brief)
Posilac is a recombinant pharmaceutical used to increase milk production in lactating dairy cows. Approved by the FDA in 1993, Posilac was the first biotechnology product offered for sale by Monsanto. The company sold the rights to Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company in 2008.
Its active ingredient, bovine growth hormone-also known as rBGH and rBST-has been at the center of ongoing controversy in the United States. Although deemed safe by the FDA, rBGH is banned in many other countries. American consumer groups have countered FDA claims of safety with concerns about possible health risks stemming from differences between milk produced by cows treated with rBGH and milk produced by untreated cows.
Recombinant pharmaceuticals like Posilac are created by inserting genes from one species into a host species, often yeast or bacteria, where they do not naturally occur. The genes code for a desired product, and therefore the genetically modified host organisms can be grown and used as a kind of living factory to produce the product. In this case, genes coding for bovine growth hormone are inserted into bacteria. Bacteria produce the somatotropin, which is harvested and used as the active ingredient in Posilac.
Object is a wearable harness whose function is to collect used syringes during mass administering of Posilac. Object consists of a woven black nylon belt with plastic buckle that is worn around the waist. Belt has multiple accessories, including a black nylon utility bag with a cinch top can be attached to the waist belt via two loops on the back of the bag and a black plastic shield with two round holes and four oblong holes. A waist belt can be woven through the larger oblong holes and the smaller oblong holes hold a black velcro-close belt. The shield and the velcro-close belt can be used to mount the syringe collector to the harness. (Syringe collector is not included.)
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Object Name
syringe disposal system
used syringe disposal system
Monsanto Company
overall: 2 in x 15 in x 11 1/4 in; 5.08 cm x 38.1 cm x 28.575 cm
overall: 9 1/4 in x 35 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 23.495 cm x 89.535 cm x 14.2875 cm
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Recombinant Pharmaceuticals
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Biotechnology and Genetics
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