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December 1 2012

Humans have added new bones to the pig


A mapping of the pig genome sheds light on how pig farming has changed the animal over time. The new findings could be of great benefit to medical research.

The pig's coat has become lighter, its body is longer and it now has a few more ribs than it used to.

Humans have been breeding pigs for thousands of years, and our intervention into pigs' lives has left clear marks.

A new international study has investigated how the pig's genes have been affected by man.

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