17 May 1999
Transgenic ducks to fight flu

TWO scientists from Hong Kong and the USA are investigating the possibility of transgenically altering ducks to fight flu.

The aim of the research is to increase the ducks resistance to viruses and prevent various forms of Hong Kong and Chinese-based influenza occurring so often in the west.

David Higgins at Hong Kongs Queen Mary Hospital and Gregory Warr at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston are teaming up to map genetically the White Pekin ducks immunoglobins.

Then they intend to genetically re-engineer the ducks immunostructure and eventually breed ducks en masse.

  • Financial Times 17/05/99 page 14