There is an unfortunate side to egg production. Only female chickens produce eggs, so layers are selected at hatching. Chicks are sexed with a vent inspection. Females are kept for egg production. Males live a short ride down a conveyor into a chipper, where they are instantly killed. This practice raises ethical and practical questions. Dr. Nigel Urwin and his collaborators devised a way to identify the sex of eggs before hatching, allowing male eggs to be saved for direct consumption or vaccine manufacture. The concept is brilliant yet unfortunately stalled. It is a great solution to an important problem with interesting ethical edges. The Original Article in The Guardian # COLABRA Talking Biotech is brought to you by Colabra – an R&D platform that brings your lab’s world-changing research together in one shared space. Learn more at https://www.colabra.app/ # TALKING BIOTECH Twitter: https://twitter.com/talkingbiotech Website: https://www.colabra.app/podcasts/talking-biotech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colabrahq The Talking Biotech podcast is distinct from Dr. Kevin Folta's teaching and research roles at the University of Florida. The views expressed on the show are those of Dr. Folta and his guests, and do not reflect the opinions of the university or Colabra.
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