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Antibody provider investigated over treatment of goats

Posted on behalf of Nadia Drake Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., a major supplier of antibodies and other materials used by molecular biology labs worldwide, is under investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for potential violations of the Animal Welfare Act, authorities confirm. A February inspection at a company production facility yielded several instances of ‘noncompliance’ with the Act, all relating to the treatment of goats whose immune systems are harnessed to produce laboratory reagents. The noncompliances, detailed in an inspection report, involve “veterinary care, personnel qualifications, and primary enclosures," said David Sacks, a spokesman for the USDA in 

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