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Sequenced Pig Genome Could Help Combat Human Diseases 64

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists announced Wednesday that they have mapped the entire genome of the domestic pig, revealing that besides providing tasty bacon and sausages, the animal may also be useful in fighting human diseases. The study published in the journal Nature found that pigs and humans share 112 DNA mutations that have previously been linked to diseases like obesity, diabetes, dyslexia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, according to US and European researchers. Researchers said that because pigs share many of the same complex genetic diseases as humans, the animals would serve as excellent models for studying the underlying biology of human disease."
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Sequenced Pig Genome Could Help Combat Human Diseases

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  • by Kotoku ( 1531373 ) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @04:26AM (#41989453) Journal
    Glad to see more work in this realm, as we already have seen a high organ compatibility with pigs it seems that we know a number of building blocks are already shared. With this kind of information we should be able to better isolate and (ethically) create both genetic changes and medicines to treat these diseases that would potentially hold a high efficacy in humans.
    • Maybe they could also work on letting us grow our own personal supply of bacon for when we go camping, or can't be bothered going shopping.


  • Yet another reason to love the pig!
  • by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @04:35AM (#41989499)
    ... Researchers would have finished the work sooner, but they were just so damned tasty.
  • great! So you say there's nothing wrong in behaving like a pig..
  • Surely Obesity in a pig is a good thing?

  • we need better sausages! Use the knowledge about pig DNA to improve the flavour of bratwurst...
  • We'll be able to breed cows that give bacon. ...I wonder if someone following a kosher diet could eat that...
  • Cool. So pigs will be the petri dishes to test new medical treatments. This will end well.

  • How many genes did they find in common with middle management? Can they cure that?
    • How many genes did they find in common with middle management? Can they cure that?

      Did you mean 'cure' in the food sense or in the medical sense?

      mmmm, wood-smoked management-middle!

  • Will it help us design better human centipedes?

  • Sounds like a step towards a real-life Eierlegende Wollmilchsau [], the ultimate all-purpose farm animal!

  • Apart from the genetic advance, anything which improves an already tasty animal is welcome.
  • So that's why pigs are fat, its a genetic disorder.
    Does this research also mean they could make people taste like bacon?
  • If that thing hadn't gone extinct, we might have identified the gene for being radiant by comparison. Wilbur remains a mystery.
  • (cue drumroll)

    The Homosexuality Gene?
  • EEEVA! Don't Understand? RTFA. Or, well, look at the images anyway. Still don't get it? Watch WALL-E.

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