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Pig DNA is mapped

The advance could improve vaccines against swine flu, say experts

OnMedica Staff

Tuesday, 03 November 2009

An international team of researchers has mapped the DNA of a domestic pig.

The team claim the advance could improve vaccines against diseases such as swine flu, as well as help lead to better breeding techniques.

"Understanding the swine genome will lead to health advancements in the swine population and accelerate the development of vaccinations for pigs," said Roger Beachy, Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

"This new insight into the genetic makeup of the swine population can help reduce disease and enable medical advancements in both pigs and humans," Beachy said in a statement.

"The pig is a unique animal that is important for food and that is used as an animal model for human disease," added Larry Schook of the University of Illinois in Champaign, who helped direct the project.

Reuters

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