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Chinese scientists create genetically modified low-fat pigs

Signal of change / Chinese scientists create genetically modified low-fat pigs

By Anirudh Shah / 14 Nov 2017

Chinese scientists have created 12 pigs that have an average of 24% less body fat than the norm for pigs. They did this by using the gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9, which they used to insert a gene that helps animals regulate their body temperature by burning fat – a gene that pigs lack.

So what?

The breakthrough in creating pigs that can burn their own body fat means that farmers could save millions in heating and feeding costs, and could also save the lives of millions of piglets who die in cold weather. It will also lead to meat with a lower fat content.

It is highly unlikely that GMO pork would be approved for sale in the US and Europe, according to Professor R. Michael Roberts of the University of Missouri. However, with the global population rising, approaches such as these would make food production much more efficient.

Would you be willing to eat GMO meat? Let us know your thoughts.


This signal of change was spotted by Rodrigo Bautista:

"What would happen if the technology and appetite for genetically modified low-fat pigs were mixed with this 'Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens' - rate your 'best' citizens and then replicate?"

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

Here's something that may sound like a contradiction in terms: low-fat pigs. But that's exactly what Chinese scientists have created using new genetic engineering techniques. In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists report that they have created 12 healthy pigs with about 24 percent less body fat than normal pigs.


wayne lewis on Twitter

@FuturesCentre @Rodgox What could possibly go wrong #Dystopia

Rodrigo Bautista on Twitter

@waynelforBernie @FuturesCentre Not much, right? And wondering what would happen if mixed with this - rate your 'best' citizens and then replicate

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