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GM chickens 'do not spread flu'

UK scientists have created the world's first genetically modified chickens that do not spread bird flu.

Writing in Science journal, the University of Edinburgh team said it showed it was possible to create farm animals resistant to viral diseases.

The research team inserted an artificial gene into chickens; this introduces a tiny part of the bird flu virus into chicken cells.

These birds become infected but render the virus harmless to other poultry.