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February 20th, 2019 / BBC, UK

A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. 

Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive.

Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant.

Details of the project were given at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC.

Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health. 

He believes that gene editing along with more targeted traditional cross-breeding will lead to healthy, productive livestock that will transform the lives of some of the very poorest people in the world.

“We can drive out poverty in some of the most vulnerable communities,” he told BBC News. 

“We are talking about smallholders with just one, two or three animals. Read more …