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Transgenic Chickens Could Thwart Bird Flu, Curb Pandemic Risk

Science  14 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6014, pp. 132-133
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6014.132-a

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The chicken soup of the future might just be made from transgenic birds that can't get bird flu—if regulators decide they're safe and consumers don't object. U.K. scientists have created transgenic chickens that can't pass on avian influenza, a disease that decimates poultry flocks and that flu scientists fear could spawn an influenza pandemic among humans. The study is published in this week's issue of Science (p. 223).