Crop Biotech Update

Genome-Editing in Pigs Now Possible

April 1, 2015

A research development in pigs was conducted by University of Maryland (UM) researchers. They were able to produce 18 genome-edited piglets using a revolutionary technology they developed. This was done by applying the target and replace/modify function also known as CSIPR method. CSIPR method was observed in the bacteria's natural system to gain protection against virus infection and now applied in biomedical research. The UM researchers used the method to alter the nucleotides instead of deleting a gene to produce a desired result. The UM researchers hope that this revolutionary technology will help in improving animal's traits such as disease resistance.

The details of the story can be read at University of Maryland's website.