Hendrix genetics researchers have found a gene that triggers chicken’s immune response.
The news from Wageningen University in the Netherlands says the discovery is a receptor that is an important sensor for activating the chicken’s immune system, specifically natural antibodies that fight pathogens and viruses.
The team says this discovery may lead to improved vaccines, health-promoting nutrition and breeding of birds and animals with a higher general disease resistance.
They said the benefits would include less antibiotic use, lower costs for farmers, and improved animal welfare.
Hendrix develops Hypor hogs, Hybrid turkeys, trout and salmon.