February 24, 2016

Genetically Engineered Pork for Dinner?

Researchers from the University of Missouri and Kansas State University have genetically engineered a breed of pigs that are resistant to an incurable disease, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Harvest Public Media reports. The virus spreads quickly through swine populations and often forces farmers to euthanize entire hog barns at a time.

The researchers are hoping that the genetically engineered pigs will be available as a dinner option in the future, assuming they can obtain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has approved a genetically engineered salmon for marketing in the United States, but it took the developer decades to gain approval. According to the Harvest Public Media report, other genetically engineered animals are in the works, including hypoallergenic cows.

Scientists remain concerned about consumer reaction and acceptance since “genetically modified food remains a hot-button issue.”