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 […]

First salmon, up next pigs?

Late last year the first genetically engineered animal — a salmon that is designed to grow twice as fast as wild salmon — was approved by the FDA and deemed safe for human consumption. Now, new research is showing another animal may soon join the list as scientists from the University of Missouri and Kansas […]

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Prevalence of Salmonella on chicken declines: FSIS – Meat & Poultry

Salmonella prevalence on raw chicken dropped 34 percent from the first to second quarters of […]