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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Maybe It Really Is 'The Other White Meat'

From the AP (MyWay):

Geneticists have mixed DNA from the roundworm C. elegans and pigs to produce swine with significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids - the kind believed to stave off heart disease.

Researchers hope they can improve the technique in pork and do the same in chickens and cows. In the process, they also want to better understand human disease.

"We all can use more omega-3 in our diet," said Dr. Jing Kang, the Harvard Medical School researcher who discovered the omega-3-making gene in the worm.

Kang is one of 17 authors of the paper appearing Sunday in an online edition of the journal Nature Biotechnology.

The cloned, genetically engineered pigs are the latest advance in the agricultural biotechnology field, which is struggling to move beyond esoteric products such as bug-repelling corn and soy resistant to weed killers.

The day will yet come, mark my words (and remember Woody Allen's brilliant 1973 film, "Sleeper"), when we'll be adding a side order of bacon or sausage to our breakfasts for the heart-healthy benefits. [tm]

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