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Flu resistant chickens in battle against next human pandemic


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New flu pandemics often caused by wild bird viruses reaching humans via the poultry industry.

University of Edinburgh creating transgenic chicks that are insusceptible to flu.

Could stop a new form of bird flu before it reaches humans .

Previous project found a protein encoding gene in chickens that flu viruses require to infect a host.

Crispr will allow the scientists to change this gene in living chickens.

European Union rules treat gene-edited animals the same as genetically modified organisms.

Hopefully in future we can make ourselves impervious to flu

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Imperial College London (ICL)

Public research university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research

Wendy Barclay

Professor in Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London.