Scientists from cambridge University and Edinburgh University have developed the first genetically modified "super" chicken resistant to bird flu. The team published a report in Science Journal stating they devised the "super" chicken for the intention of preventing outbreaks of avian influenza to prevent the spread of disease and ensuing slaughter. The genetically modified chickens possess an extra RNA gene that does not allow the flu virus to replicate in the chickens' systems. The RNA gene does not protect the "super" chickens from getting avian flu but it does stop the disease from spreading if the chicken dies. Scientists hope the new "super" chicken could prevent flu mutations and the spread of bird flu to domestic fowl, pigs, and humans.
Scientists believe meat and eggs harvested from "super" chickens is completely safe and have begun a battery of safety checks on the genetically modified chickens before they enter the food supply. Opponents and physicians are fearful the "super" chickens could mutate avian influenza into a newer, more deadly strain capable of transmission from human to human, as well as reduce the economic ramifications of culling contaminated birds.