Thursday 20 September 2018

Scientists make bacon even better

Researchers from China and the UK used a genetic modification technique that allowed them to insert a gene into the pigs which means the animals can regulate their temperature better by burning fat. Stock photo: PA
Researchers from China and the UK used a genetic modification technique that allowed them to insert a gene into the pigs which means the animals can regulate their temperature better by burning fat. Stock photo: PA

Dean Grey

Bacon is about to get even better as scientists have created genetically modified pigs that have 24pc cent less fat than normal pigs.

Researchers from China and the UK used a genetic modification technique that allowed them to insert a gene into the pigs which means the animals can regulate their temperature better by burning fat.

Lead researcher Jian-Guo Zhao said: "It demonstrates a way you can improve the welfare of animals at the same as also improving the product from those animals - the meat."

The breakthrough is being hailed as a significant advance.

Irish Independent

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