Chicago: An international group of scientists has decoded the DNA of the domestic pig, research that may one day prove useful in finding new treatments for both pigs and people, and perhaps aid in efforts for a new swine flu vaccine for pigs.Pigs and humans are similar in size and makeup, and swine are often used in human research. Scientists say they rely on pigs to study everything from obesity and heart disease to skin disorders.
"Immune machinery are the most difficult to decipher," he said. "But this is a big step in that direction."Schook and his team decoded the genome of a red-haired Duroc pig, one of five major breeds used in pork production worldwide. A genome is the full complement of an organism`s DNA.Researchers have unravelled the DNA of about two dozen mammals, including dogs, chimps, rats, mice, cows and people.Bureau Report