Genetically modified animals could boost UK food security

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Professor Helen Sang and Prof Bruce Whitelaw from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, who have been studying genetically modified (GM) chickens and pigs, said there were ‘huge benefits’ to the technology.

Speaking to journalists in London this morning (Monday), Prof Sang said there was a ‘real technical push’ to develop animals ‘which cannot be achieved by conventional breeding’.

She added the ‘societal push’ of food security meant producing animals which could be more disease resistant and grow bigger and stronger, faster, was more important than ever.

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