Professor leads campaign to produce ‘edited’ animals for poor farmers

Professor leads campaign to produce ‘edited’ animals for poor farmers

- The head of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, has developed a new category of livestock

- The genes of the animals are manipulated making them more productive and resistant to illnesses

- Professor Djikeng intends to produce healthy livestock to help ensure that poverty is eliminated from vulnerable communities

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, is on a mission to assist poor African farmers in a unique way.

The academician is a researcher and is bent on developing a category of farm animals that have their genes manipulated.

The cattle under his care, YEN.com.gh understands, are more productive and resistant to illnesses.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science received details of the project in Washington DC, United States of America.

Professor Djikeng is convinced that editing the genes of the animals eventually leads to healthy and productive livestock.

The motive behind it, per a bbc.com report, is to ensure that poverty is eliminated from the vulnerable communities.

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The statues are of accomplished women such as Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Zimbabwean scholar, Terarai Trent.

Trent, now aged 54, taught herself how to read and write as she lived with her parents in the rural parts of Zimbabwe.

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