Gentic Modification May Aid Avian Flu Prevention

January 13th, 2011
in News

Financial TimesScientists have genetically modified chickens to prevent the transmission of avian influenza, an innovation that could cut the risk of a lethal strain crossing to the human population and boost the poultry industry.

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The chickens created at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities in the UK produce a genetic “decoy” molecule that mimics part of the replication machinery of the flu virus. This diverts the enzyme required for the virus to pass between cells – and stops the infection.  Read more at the Financial Times...... 

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