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Gene editing project creates PRRS resistant pig

2nd Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

Pigs that may be protected from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) have been produced following a collaborative project between genetics company Genus, PIC’s parent company, and the Roslin Institute.

The team used gene editing techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resistant to the PRRS virus (PRRSv). Early tests have revealed that cells from the pigs are completely resistant to infection with both major subtypes of the virus that cause the disease. 

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