If you're a fan of CRISPy bacon, you should know that a genetic editing technique called CRISPR could result in leaner pigs in the future.
Scientists may have figured out a way to create pigs that deliver delicious bacon, but without all of that fat. Researchers in China used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to genetically engineer about a dozen low-fat pigs, and it could totally change the future of livestock.
Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology they were able to create pigs that could regulate their body temperatures by burning up their fat stores. This could not only create lower-fat pigs, but it could also save farmers huge amounts of money producing pork, as they must currently spend a lot of money on not only heating for the pigs, but on extra feed to help them handle the cold weather.
Even if this is confirmed as a way to create lower-fat pigs, the question remains whether people will buy into this new breed of pig or if they’ll object to genetically modified meat. However, it would certainly be an interesting prospect in the future for people who love bacon but hope to cut more fat out of their diets.