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Gene variant in pigs may open up for less use of antibiotics

A variant of the FUT1 gene has been shown to be able to protect pigs' intestines against E. coli. This knowledge may be used proactively in the efforts to cut back on antibiotics.

2016.08.18 | Lisbeth Heilesen

A variant of the FUT1 gene has been shown to be able to protect pigs' intestines against E. coli. This knowledge may be used proactively in the efforts to cut back on antibiotics. Photo: Janne Hansen.

Researchers from Aarhus University have identified new mechanisms for a gene that might help piglets to get rid of the weaning diarrhea without the use of antibiotics.

The gene is known as FUT because it codes for a variant of the protein  fucosyltranseferase 1, which especially has the effect that it prevents the harmful E. coli bacteria to latch on to the intestine.

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