‘How Animal Farm was right: Pigs really ARE almost identical to humans, say scientists’

Posted on November 15, 2012


Yesterday (14th November), an item was posted on dailymail.co.uk titled ‘How Animal Farm was right: Pigs really ARE almost identical to humans, say scientists’.

‘… When George Orwell wrote in his classic novel Animal Farm that man and pig are almost identical he was closer to the truth than he realised, according to a new study.

Scientists have undertaken the largest ever study of the pig genome have found that swine are adaptable, easy to seduce with food and susceptible to domestication – much like humans.

The findings, published in the journal Nature, also show that pigs suffer from the same genetic and protein malfunctions that account for many human diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and obesity …

Scientists in Scotland, America and the Netherlands conducted the groundbreaking study – the most thorough genome analysis ever of the domestic pig and its wild boar counterparts.

Their findings have important implications for agriculture as more than a billion pigs are farmed around the world each year.

Unlike the domestic cow, whose ancestors are now extinct, pigs still have distant relations living in the wild.

Farmers could use genes still found in wild boar to better breed domestic pigs today, researchers said.

Bob Easter, one of the study’s authors, said: ‘This study demonstrates the benefits of basic genomic research on agricultural animals and their closest living relatives.

‘This work has important implications for agriculture, contributes to our understanding of evolution and will aid in human medicine.’ …’

Read the item in full, view images and add your comment online at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2232978/George-Orwell-right-Pigs-really-ARE-identical-humans.html

[Vegans say abandon the exploitation, abuse and slaughter of all animals, including animal testing, and abandon the production and consumption of all animal products.]


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