Chinese scientists create pig model of Huntington's disease

Source: Xinhua| 2018-03-31 16:03:45|Editor: Zhou Xin
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In this photo handed out by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, members of a research team on the world's first pig model for Huntington's disease pose for a group photo at Jinan University in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, March 28, 2018. A Chinese team of scientists has established a pig model of Huntington's disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disease, using genetic engineering technology. In a study published in "Cell" on Thursday, researchers anticipated that the pigs could be a practical way to test treatments for HD, which is caused by a gene encoding a toxic protein that causes brain cells to die. (Xinhua)

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