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Scientists to create ‘health and safety’ cow

Posted on Monday, 29 April, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Gene-editing techniques are being used to create cows that are born without any horns at all.

By suppressing horn growth, scientists hope to create 'safe' cows that pose less of a risk to farmers and the general public. Normally, removing the horns from a regular cow is a difficult and painful process for the animal. Several workers have been killed and others injured in accidents involving cows over the last few years. "It would be very positive to create hornless cows. It would save a lot of time for us and pain for the calf. Everybody wins," said Mansel Raymond, chairman of the National Farmers' Union Dairy Board for England and Wales.

The technique involves a new form of genetic engineering that enables scientists to make precise changes to DNA. "This would be a major advance in animal welfare," said Professor Geoff Simm.

"Researchers are using gene-editing techniques to insert a DNA patch into the genome of Holsteins, Britain's foremost dairy breed, to suppress horn growth."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam on 29 April, 2013, 19:45
I wouldn't be surprised if we all sprout horns after drinking the milk from these animals! Its got to make you wonder:
Comment icon #11 Posted by Lava_Lady on 30 April, 2013, 6:21
Do the safety cow.
Comment icon #12 Posted by AsteroidX on 30 April, 2013, 6:24
Comment icon #13 Posted by Darkwind on 30 April, 2013, 12:12
If a cow wants to hurt you they don't need horns, they can stomp you to death no problem, but it is a good idea though. Sometimes they nail you accidentally with those horns. If you treat them well they can be a friendly critter, but make them mad they will kill you when they get the chance.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Darkwind on 30 April, 2013, 12:14
These are dairy cattle, the cows won't be killed yet. I think they could have done this much more easily by breeding with a polled breed. I have done this myself, I introduced a polled (hornless) dairy shorthorn into my herd and now I have a large proportion of my herd naturally hornless as the polled trait is dominant... Its also nice because all the cows are blue now Can you post a picture of your blue cows? I would love to see one.
Comment icon #15 Posted by ancient astronaut on 30 April, 2013, 23:17
Won't make them any smarter.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Lava_Lady on 30 April, 2013, 23:54
Won't make them any smarter. That's probably a good thing, I wouldn't want them planning revenge on us steak eaters.. Lol
Comment icon #17 Posted by pepper-steph on 1 May, 2013, 12:31
It already exists naturally, breeding polled species is already taking place in the dairy industry without getting scientists involved. Not as effective but must be safer than tampering with nature. We really don't deserve this planet.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Farmerboy on 1 May, 2013, 12:57
Can you post a picture of your blue cows? I would love to see one. I'll try and get one up at the weekend.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 9 May, 2013, 21:03
first of all i would like i start this off by saying you will all pay that ones messing and altering the DNA of these animals and all animals and all living species not just humans.karma is wonderful i love karma because no injustice ever goes without repaying for what we have done.people and researchers that have a soul and heart stop this altering of DNA NOW!!!its not fair let them be the way the were born to be and naturally created.one shouldn't be drinking and consuming animal products in the first place!!!

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