Beijing, December 27 (Prensa Latina) Scientists from a Chinese university have successfully modified DNA and developed pigs resistant to swine flu, whose African version has expanded since August, causing hundreds of outbreaks in the country, media reported today.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, researchers from the Faculty of Animal Science at Jilin University used the CRISPR / Cas9 method – known as genetic scissors – and RNA during the procedure.
As a result, they received animals with a reduced presence of CSFV in the blood, lungs and non-lethal symptoms of the disease.
Another conclusion was that resistance to influenza can be stably transmitted to offspring.
Despite the achievements, experts monitor the safety and effectiveness of the method as the genetically modified animals age.
According to academician Ouyanga Hongsheng, the author of the study, the experiment could be directly and effectively reproduced in the entire population of pigs and, possibly, in other species.
This study is also known as China is fighting the epidemic of African swine flu, which since August last year has led to the slaughter of more than 600,000 pigs in the northeastern province of Liaoning.