Single-sex mice litters were created with 100% efficiency using gene editing.

R. Silman,  Brinkwire,  2021.

The Francis Crick Institute, in partnership with the University of Kent, has employed gene editing technology to construct 100% efficient female-only and male-only mouse litters. This proof-of-concept study, which was published today (Friday, December 3rd, 2021) in Nature Communications, shows how the technique could be used to improve animal wellbeing in scientific research and possibly agriculture. Male and female animals are frequently required in scientific research and husbandry. Laboratory research into male or female reproduction, for example, necessitates only animals of the examined sex. In addition, only female animals are needed for egg production and dairy herds in farming. This means that animals of the unrequired sex are routinely culled after birth.

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