Genetically Modified Lean Pigs Are Healthier, Not Necessarily Tastier

Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to take some of the sizzle out of our bacon.

Though that sounds worrying, it was actually done with the pigs’ health in mind. Pigs are so notoriously porky in part because they lack a gene, UCP1, that helps burn fat to generate heat. The result is plumper pigs, but it also poses an increased risk for newborns that can die if they’re not kept warm enough.
Porky No More
With the gene-editing technology CRISPR, researchers from the Institute of Zo

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