British scientists are genetically engineering chickens to protect them against the H5N1 virus that has devastated poultry farms in the Far East, with a view to replacing stocks with birds that are not susceptible to influenza.
The technique should also offer protection against many other strains of flu with the potential to start a human pandemic, such as the H7 subgroup that was responsible for an outbreak in Dutch poultry in 2003.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
British scientists have cure for chicken choking
Good news for all those in Europe and Asia who have been choking their chickens for the past two weeks in an effort to stop the spread of Avian flu. Scientists believe they can beat the flu with genetically modified chickens.