Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GM lamb with healthy fish fat on Chinese menu

Genetically-modified lamb with a 'healthy' type of fat naturally found in fish and nuts have been cloned for the first time, by Chinese scientists.

'Peng Peng' was born a month ago at a laboratory in Xinjiang, western China.
He has a gene from a roundworm which makes him produce fat containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, as is found in oily fish like salmon.

The gene was first inserted into a donor cell taken from the ear of a small Chinese Merino sheep.

This cell was then inserted in the lab into an unfertilised egg, which was then fertilised and the resultant embryo implanted into the womb of a surrogate sheep.

Dr Yutao Du, of the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen, southern China, said: "The gene was originally from the C. elegans roundworm which has been shown to increase unsaturated fatty acids, which is very good for human health." Read More