GMO Bacon – REALLY? China’s New Low-Fat Pigs

Have scientists gone too far? Now they’re messing with our bacon …

Chinese scientists have modified the genes of pigs to create animals with about a quarter less body fat than normal.

(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

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