Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

New technology could make veggies more fun

There are some who may argue that vegetables are pretty monochromatic compared with fruits. And it’s true — look at the vegetable side of your local store’s produce section, and you’ll see a lot of green.

However, food researchers are always looking for ways to liven things up — in terms of making plants easier […]

Genomics vs genetics: What’s the difference, and what do they mean for agriculture?

Genomics is an increasingly popular technology used in the agricultural field, but still many don’t quite understand what it is. A common misconception is that genomics is essentially the same as gene editing, but this isn’t quite true. Here we’ll take a look at what these two sciences really are.

Genomics

Genomics is, unsurprisingly, the […]

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 […]

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Preparing for the next flu season — Poultry World With the knowledge that it’s always flu season somewhere, the large poultry production regions in the Western Hemisphere are preparing for the next flu season. Or […]

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Animal Science:

Chickens prefer attractive people — National Geographic Research shows that chickens can recognize and discern people based on their faces — and they apparently like beautiful humans, keying in on things like symmetry as a […]

Scientists debate pros, cons of editing genes to stop virus-carrying mosquitos

We’d all love to get rid of mosquitos, it’s true. But as sweets, junk food and binge-watching TV all night have prompted us to ask: Are the things we want always the best for us?

That brings us to gene drives — or at least, certain applications of them. Gene drives are scientifically-modified genes that […]

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Animal Science:

Gene editing has potential for future poultry breeding — Poultry World Genetic modification of animals has been around for decades, but genome editors are a new tool that allow small changes […]

Pig genes successfully edited to resist African Swine Fever

New research has been published showing how a team of scientists has successfully used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resilient to African Swine Fever — a highly contagious disease that kills up to two-thirds of infected animals.

As described in Science Daily, the new pigs carry a version of a gene […]