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Most successful plant-to-animal gene transfer

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  • Who: Akira Iritani

  • What: Most successful plant-to-animal gene transfer

  • Where: Japan

In January 2002, Japanese scientists led by Akira Iritani announced that they had successfully implanted vegetable genetic material into an animal for the first time. The genetically modified pigs contain a spinach gene which reportedly will make the pork meat less fatty and thus more healthy to eat. The pigs were born in mid 1998 and no health problems have been reported in them since then.


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