Missouri scientist plays key role in new GE salmon

The following is an edited excerpt.

Kevin Wells has been genetically engineering animals for 24 years.

“It’s sort of like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Wells recently as he walked through his lab at the University of Missouri – Columbia. “You take DNA apart and put it back together in different orders, different orientations.”

And this work is humming along at the University of Missouri, which has three research centers devoted to studying genetics in animals. Scientists here are creating pigs, mice and rats that could, among other things, be resistant to swine flu or produce their own nutrients so they don’t have to be included in their diet.

Still, as straightforward as he makes it sound, Wells knows his work is controversial.

Read the full article here: MU scientist plays key role in new GE salmon

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