GM fowl to fight bird flu

  • January 14, 2011 | Alex

    I’m not sure where I stand on genetic modification (GM), but GM chickens that don’t spread bird flu sound like┬ábig news.

    The genetic modification didn’t stop the chickens getting the flu, but once they had it they didn’t pass it to other birds. As bird flu can pass to humans as well, this technique could stop it spreading to us.

    Whilst the GM chicken is safe to eat, further testing is needed before we’ll see it in our local supermarkets.

    This research appears in the 14 January 2011 issue of Science, the journal of AAAS, the non-profit society.

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