Farm Animals May Soon Get New Features Through Gene Editing

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in News & Politics


Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty?

An excerpt from AP News: Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty.

A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.

But first, it needs to convince regulators that gene-edited animals are no different than conventionally bred ones. To make the technology appealing and to ease any fears that it may be creating Franken-animals, Recombinetics isn’t starting with productivity. Instead, it’s introducing gene-edited traits as a way to ease animal suffering.

“It’s a better story to tell,” said Tammy Lee, CEO of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based company.


For instance, animal welfare advocates have long criticized the way farmers use caustic paste or hot irons to dehorn dairy cows so the animals don’t harm each other. Recombinetics snips out the gene for growing horns so the procedure is unnecessary.

Last year, a bull gene-edited by Recombinetics to have the dominant hornless trait sired several offspring. All were born hornless as expected, and are being raised at the University of California, Davis. Once the female offspring starts lactating, its milk will be tested for any abnormalities.
There are 11 comments:
Male 7,499
Nothing wrong with gene editing
We have been doing it to ourselves for generations
Look how perfect we turned out
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Female 6,716
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6,944
Not really a big deal we've been doing this for ages. Selective breeding for certain traits has been done ever since animal husbandry was invented
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Male 189
Can they modify cows/pigs or any animal for me so i can eat them with out getting into a anaphylaxis shock  
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Male 7,499
tinfoilhatsociety  how about fish and poltry?
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Male 189
thezigrat I know poultry is a no go, with fish, i'm not about to risk it after the last time i had any meat and had to go to the hospital. It's been 7 years or so since i had meat last, so even if i was going to test it out. I would have so much stomach pains that it wouldn't be worth it. Having stomach pains and hives at the same time doesn't sound fun
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My Hereford cow has seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. It watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to serve up the filets..
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Male 7,499
kelly_hanna  From the book Do Geneticly    Modified Cows Dream of Electric Sheep?
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Male 7,499
kelly_hanna  Breed them so they want to be eaten
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Male 1,857
kelly_hanna were these basic pleasure cows, or kick boxing assassin cows?
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Male 45,690
kelly_hanna    You're kind of a mixed bag of nuts, aren'cha
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