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GM Chickens Could Wipe Out Bird Flu

by Sheela Philomena on March 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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 GM Chickens Could Wipe Out Bird Flu

Australian scientists are paving way for disease-proof animals that could eliminate bird flu and other diseases.

According to the Geelong Advertiser, the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) project is producing genetically modified chickens using cutting-edge science from the plant world, the Herald Sun reported.

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It is hoped the CSIRO super-chickens will breed disease-resistant offspring, creating a line of poultry which is immune to the deadly flu.

Former CSIRO AAHL director, Martyn Jeggo, who has recently retired and taken up a part-time post as chief of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, said that the global implications of the project could not be overstated.
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"Right now, is the first time we have ever produced a resistant animal to a major disease like this," Dr Jeggo said.

"If we can do it for one, why the hell can't we do it for every other disease? This is a proof-of-concept project which is massive, massive, massive," he said.

Source: ANI
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