13 Jan '11, 11pm

Scientists have found a way to genetically modify chickens so they don't spread bird flu... just don't eat them yet.

WASHINGTON - EUROPEAN scientists have found a way to genetically modify chickens so that they don't transmit bird flu, according to research published on Thursday in the journal Science. Bird flu, also known as H5N1 avian influenza, usually afflicts poultry but can cross over to humans and cause lethal respiratory problems and other complications. The first cases detected in humans were in Hong Kong in 1997. A wider global outbreak took hold in 2004 and cases have flared across parts of the world ever since. Scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh said the modified chickens could get bird flu but could not pass it on to other chickens. 'Chickens are potential bridging hosts that can enable new strains of flu to be transmitted to humans,' said Dr Laurence Tiley, of the University of Cambridge's Department of Veterinary Medicine. 'Preventing virus transmi...

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