For the first time, gene-edited pigs successfully resist costly virus

Last year, the University of Edinburgh announced that a team of its researchers had used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that were potentially resistant to a viral infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Now, those pigs have been put to the test. The team recently exposed the gene-edited pigs […]

Gene-edited pigs resistant to major viral disease

Using advanced genetic techniques, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh have produced pigs that are potentially resilient to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) — an infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Studies have shown that the PRRS virus targets immune cells called macrophages. According to the […]

Research shows nice pigs like bad boars

When it comes to researching the history behind how some animals became domesticated, scientists agree that the easiest way would be to travel back in time. Since this option is far from a reality, however, scientists are left to the next best thing—studying animal’s genetics.

That was exactly the focus of recently conducted research involving […]