Researchers to map pig DNA

ILLNOIS - A team of researchers won a $10 million federal grant to provide the first complete sequence of the swine genome -- a genetic map they say could help farmers produce better hogs, give consumers tastier pork and ultimately benefit human health.

University of Illinois professors Lawrence Schook and John Beever last summer completed a side-by-side comparison of the pig and human genomes. They will head a project involving researchers at other U.S. universities, the government and laboratories in France and England.

The project is expected to be completed within two years at a cost of about $20 million, Schook said.

"Pork is the major red meat consumed worldwide," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in a news release announcing the grant. "With more than 61 million pigs in the nation, the sequence of the pig genome will have a significant impact on U.S. agriculture."

Source: CNN
calendar icon 23 January 2006
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