2 June 2000
Masai sheep offer worm hope

EAST African sheep herders could be sitting on a genetic goldmine which could benefit farmers around the world, reports The Independent.

The “red Masai” sheep have unrivalled resistance to intestinal worms which cost the global industry billions of pound each year.

Geneticists in Kenya believe the resistance lies in genes which could be transferred to other flocks around the world.

The Independent says this is an example of “barnyard biodiversity” — hidden genetic value locked up in obscure domestic animals

British scientists are said to be watching the work in Kenya with interest.

  • The Independent 02/06/2000 review page 8