BGI at Shenzhen announces that gene-edited ‘micro pigs’ will be sold as pets


BGI, formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzen, China has been a forerunner in the field of genome sequencing for sometime now, being the world’s largest centre for gene sequencing. From sequencing the rice genome in 2002 to sequencing genomes of giant panda, cucumber, sorghum to the genomes of more than 1,000 species of gut bacteria, this premier institute, has been making its presence felt in the international arena. Last year, there were reports of China cloning pigs on an industrial scale and using them as subjects for testing medicines. This led to BGI becoming the world’s largest centre for the cloning of pigs. They generated these micropigs by applying a gene-editing technique to a small breed of pigs known as Bama.