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March 27, 2006

Genetically Engineered Pigs Produce Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Topics: Health Issues

pigs_fly.jpgNext we'll be hearing that pigs can fly!

US scientists have genetically engineered pigs that make omega-3 fatty acids, compounds that have been shown to improve cardiac function and reduce the risk of heart disease in people, and may one day serve as a healthier source of pork chops or bacon. The researchers transferred a worm gene called fat-1 into pig cells in a laboratory, and used cloning technology to create embryonic cells that were implanted into the womb of a normal pig. The resulting gene produced an enzyme that converted the less desirable omega-6 fatty acids that the pigs naturally produced into omega-3s.

And if that doesn't sound darn close to making a pig fly, I don't know what else could, except of course actually having pigs grow wings and fly for real.

Hat tip - Harry Owens

Posted by Richard at March 27, 2006 11:08 AM



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