We Pigs News for 06-22-2018

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Keeping Pot Bellied Pigs as Pets

Although some people would never consider sharing their home with a pig, there are many people who are charmed by the intelligence and the personality of their pet pot bellied pigs. Many people find that pigs are demanding pets and are overwhelmed by their needs-as shown by the abundance of shelters overflowing with pot bellied pigs. Pot bellied pigs will live an average of 12 to 18 years, with some getting to be older than 20 years. Pot bellied pigs, pot belly pigs, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, Chinese pot bellied pigs grow to a range from 125 pounds to over 200 pounds and 16 to 26 inches tall. Some breeders also use this range for miniature pot bellied pigs. 

Teacup pot bellied pigs grow to 35 to 45 pounds and 14.5 inches tall. Toy pot bellied pigs grow to 35 to 40 pounds and 14 inches tall. Pot bellied pigs are quite trainable, much the same as a dog; however, their intelligence can make them a bit of a handful, too. Pot bellied pigs will need to be spayed or neutered by an exotic animal vet. Pot bellied pigs can be territorial and have a drive to be dominant. 

Pot bellied pigs should be obtained from conscientious and reputable breeders and you will need a lot of good quality pot bellied pig food. Of course, as with any other exotic pet, an owner needs to check local regulations to make sure pot bellied pig ownership is permissible where they live. 

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Source: https://www.thesprucepets.com/pot-bellied-pigs-as-pets-1237171

Gene-edited pigs are resistant to billion dollar virus

Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world’s most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code. Tests with the virus – called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS – found the pigs do not become infected at all. The animals show no signs that the change in their DNA has had any other impact on their health or wellbeing. The disease causes breathing problems and deaths in young animals and if pregnant sows become infected, it can cause them to lose their litter. The virus infects pigs using a receptor on their cells’ surface called CD163. 

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute used gene editing techniques to remove a small section of the CD163 gene. The team collaborated with Genus PLC, a leading global animal genetics company, to produce pigs with the specific DNA change. Previous studies had shown that cells from these animals were resistant to the virus in lab tests. This is the first time researchers have exposed these pigs to the virus to see if they become infected. Other groups have used gene editing to create PRRS-resistant pigs by removing the whole CD163 receptor. 

Genetically modified animals are banned from the food chain in Europe. GM techniques have been controversial because they can involve introducing genes of other species into an animal. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”pig”,”gene”]
Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620150139.htm

Gene-edited pigs are resistant to billion dollar virus, study finds

Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world’s most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code. Tests with the virus – called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS – found the pigs do not become infected at all. The animals show no signs that the change in their DNA has had any other impact on their health or wellbeing. The disease causes breathing problems and deaths in young animals and if pregnant sows become infected, it can cause them to lose their litter. The virus infects pigs using a receptor on their cells’ surface called CD163. 

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute used gene editing techniques to remove a small section of the CD163 gene. The team collaborated with Genus PLC, a leading global animal genetics company, to produce pigs with the specific DNA change. Previous studies had shown that cells from these animals were resistant to the virus in lab tests. This is the first time researchers have exposed these pigs to the virus to see if they become infected. Other groups have used gene editing to create PRRS-resistant pigs by removing the whole CD163 receptor. 

Genetically modified animals are banned from the food chain in Europe. GM techniques have been controversial because they can involve introducing genes of other species into an animal. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”pig”,”gene”]
Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uoe-gpa061918.php

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