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Gene-Edited Chickens Are Here

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The first gene-edited chickens are scheduled to hatch at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland
  • The designer birds have been modified to resist flu, which spreads rapidly among CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) birds and has the potential to be transmitted to humans
  • Researchers discovered in 2016 that the ANP32 gene in chickens codes for a protein that flu viruses depend on, and cells without the gene were impervious to the flu
  • Scientists used CRISPR to target part of the ANP32 gene in order to create the flu-resistant chickens
  • Foods produced via gene-editing are not subject to regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — although an advisory board recommended gene-edited foods could not be labeled organic — or other regulatory agencies

The first gene-edited chickens are scheduled to hatch at the Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The designer birds have been modified to resist flu, which spreads rapidly among CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) birds and has the potential to be transmitted to humans.

"If we could prevent influenza virus crossing from wild birds into chickens, we would stop the next pandemic at source," Wendy Barclay, a virologist at Imperial College London, said in a news release. The simplest way to stop the widespread transmission of bird flu would be to change the way chickens are raised, putting them outdoors on pasture as opposed to crowded in disease-ridden CAFOs.


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