Currently, there are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption on the market, reports Popular Science. As you might have guessed, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology or safety; it’s because of the politics. GM foods are deeply unpopular as of now, and GM food animals are especially so.
After reading an article concerning GM animals from The Scientist showing how effective they can be, still, it is astounding how popularity of GM animals has not grown overtime. There are many labs working on making animals that are engineered to grow faster, resist disease, or provide people with extra nutrients. Research projects underway include goats whose milk is designed to prevent deadly diarrhea in children, even chickens in which bird flu viruses don’t reproduce.
Despite public opposition and a lack of funding, GM meat research has not halted and is continuing to advance and improve. With these new developing tools, people who see the promising aspects of this technology are hoping they can engineer animals that are more appealing to the public. Scientists are engineering animals whose genes are similar to those found in closely related, unmodified animals. Geneticists argue that the end result would be engineered livestock that farmers could have made through generations of careful breeding; biotechnology just gets to the final result faster.
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