Research – Poultry study points to genes linked to food bug – Campylobacter.


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Variation in the response of chickens to Campylobacter helps identify key genes that may provide resistance to infection.

Research has identified genes in chickens that could offer resistance to harmful bacteria commonly found in poultry and could inform ways to limit the risk of associated food poisoning in people.

The study, led by a team from the Roslin institute, has identified a large number of genes in chicken guts that may determine whether the birds are resistant to Campylobacter.

The insights could inform research towards breeding chickens that are less likely to carry Campylobacter bacteria, and so limit the risk to poultry consumers.

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