Have scientists gone too far? Now they’re messing with our bacon …
(Sara G. Miller, Live Science) Scientists have modified the genes of pigs to create animals with about a quarter less body fat than normal.
The GMO piglets were created in China using the genetic cut-and-paste tool CRISPR, which can be programmed to make a cut into a genome in a targeted spot and then insert new genetic snippets into that slot.
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These edited pig embryos were implanted into 13 female pigs, three of whom became pregnant and gave birth to a total of 12 piglets, according to the study.
[No explanation was given as to why three-quarters of the sows did not conceive. Such low farrowing rates would bankrupt any pork producer. – Editor]
In addition to having less fat, the GMO pigs were better able to regulate their body temperature in the cold.
Read the full story at Live Science. Also of interest: Monsanto’s Roundup: This Raging Dispute Is NOT Going Away