Secret goat herd found at the world’s #2 antibody producer

USDA officials discovered a herd of 841 goats in an allegedly unreported production facility owned by Santa Cruz Biotechnology, the world’s second-biggest supplier of antibodies for research. The Nature news article explains that investigators were tipped off to the facility where they found the goats, “some of which were lame, anaemic or had protruding bones.” The company was inspected nine times last year, far more than the normal once or twice. A pre-existing USDA animal-welfare complaint against Santa Cruz Biotechnology needs to be resolved by January 31 or a judge could suspend the company’s operations. I wonder what kind of an impact this would have on biotech research that uses antibodies currently only produced by Santa Cruz Biotechnology.

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