Hold the turkey bacon: researchers just used a gene editing tool to produce a new kind of pig with 24 percent less body fat than what you'd find in a normal pig. Utilizing CRISPR gene editing technology, scientists inserted a gene that helps pigs burn fat to stay warm. Mammals like mice and rats already regulate their body temperatures using this gene, but this little piggy missed out on that gene – until now. And the implications go a lot farther than the calorie count in your favorite pork plate.
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Written by Cody Gough October 31, 2017
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