Scientists produced a disease-resistant piglet called Pig-26 using a new technique which is more simple than cloning, paving way for genetically modified meat. The new technique is called gene editing and Pig 26 is the first animal to be created through gene editing. It was born in December 2012 at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, where the cloned sheep Dolly was created in the year 1996.
The Special features of new technique are as following:
• Pig 26 was created through a process called gene editing.
• It is faster and more efficient than other methods.
• It is immune to African swine fever which can kill within 24 hours.
• The new scientific development could bring GM meat a step closer.