IT Farmer: 003 Autumn 2018

Farmer IT 050 l Autumn 2018 Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world’s most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code. Scientists change genetic co to make them resist disease PRRS costs the pig industry around $2.5 billion (£1.75bn) each year in lost revenue in the US and Europe alone. Tests with the virus – called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS – found the pigs do not become infected at all. The animals show no signs that the change in their DNA has had any other impact on their health or wellbeing. Livestock

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