New video: Dr Simon Lillico on uses of gene editing
In this new video and animation, Dr Simon Lillico explains how gene editing was used to make pigs resistant to billion dollar disease.
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus causes breathing problems and deaths in young animals and if pregnant sows become infected, it can cause them to lose their litter. PRRS is endemic in most pig producing countries worldwide. Vaccines have mostly failed to stop the spread of the virus - which continues to evolve rapidly, costing the pig industry around $2.5 billion (£1.75bn) each year in lost revenue in the US and Europe alone.
In this video and animation produced by Sonal Katyal MSc, Dr Simon Lillico explains how scientists have used gene editing at The Roslin Institute to produce pigs resistant to the PRRS virus.
Genome editing and engineering