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14 January 2011

GM chickens don’t spread bird flu

British scientists have developed genetically modified (GM) chickens that cannot transmit bird flu infections –a step that in future could reduce the risk of avian flu epidemic.

British scientists have developed genetically modified (GM) chickens that cannot transmit bird flu infections –a step that in future could reduce the risk of avian flu spreading and causing deadly epidemics in humans.

H5N1 bird flu has been circulating in Asia and the Middle East, with occasional outbreaks in Europe, since 2003 and has killed or forced the destruction of hundreds of millions of birds, according to the world animal health organisation OIE.

 
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