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Fish Fatty Acid Found In Swine

by 5m Editor
13 April 2006, at 12:00am

CHINA - The omega-3 fatty acid, which is only produced by fish, has been found in five cloned pigs, Dr Kang Jinxun, a vice professor of Harvard Medical School, declared in Shanghai yesterday.

A research, conducted by several American Chinese geneticists, showed that after mixing DNA from the roundworm C elegans and pigs, a significant amount of omega-6 fatty acid can be produced, which later turns into omega-3 fatty acid - the kind that is believed to stave off heart disease, Kang said.

Researchers hope they can improve the technique and do the same in chickens and cows so that people can also obtain omega-3s from milk and eggs.

Source: Shanghai Daily

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