FDA Approves First-of-its-Kind Intentional Genomic Alteration in Line of Domestic Pigs

FDA Approves First-of-its-Kind Intentional Genomic Alte

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Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


[14 December, PR Newswire]

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs, referred to as GalSafe pigs. The IGA is intended to eliminate alpha-gal sugar on the surface of the pigs' cells in order to reduce the allergic reactions from people with Alpha-gal syndrome when consuming red meat. This is a first-of-its-kind IGA approved by the FDA for the purpose of food consumption and as a source for potential therapeutic uses.

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