Sex determination by genome editing in pigs successful

Study identifies alternative to piglet and immunocastration

Mariensee, 07 January 2021. Scientists of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) succeeded in modifying pigs genetically, so that they developped female sex characteristics despite having a male chromosome set. This could be a future alternative to piglet castration to prevent the “boar taint” of the meat of non-castrated male fattening pigs, which some consumers find offensive.

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