"Heat-resistant cow" could just be around the corner

Jun 28, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT
(Source: Lukas Mathis/flickr)
(Source: Lukas Mathis/flickr)

Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have bagged a three-year federal grant of $733,000 to develop heat-resistant cows in future. The gene-editing project is aimed at producing a new strain of bovine that could better cope with the rising global temperatures while yielding top-quality beef in the process.

The scientists have picked the Brangus cow, a mix between an Angus and a Brahman, to begin genomic editing as this breed can endure hot conditions by efficiently regulating its body temperature, writes Digital Trends.

Developing heat-resistant animals is not the correct approach as it attempts to improve the way we humans do wrong things, notes Ecorazzi.