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How do genetic engineers produce synthetic erythropoetin? This drug for hemophiliacs is commonly abused by professional cyclists.



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The gene that encodes EPO (erythropoetin) was cloned by scientists at several different companies. That gene was the n joined to a piece of DNA so the gene could be expressed in cells that can be grown in the laborator5y. The protein is then purified from those cells. Is this enough, or do you want more specifics?

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