amandakthegreat (amandakthegreat) wrote in wtf_nature,
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featherless chickens

It turns out that some smaller types of chickens carry a genetic mutation that prevents them from growing feathers. They're good for making eggs but they're too puny to make a meal. A genetics professor in Israel cross bred the tiny naked chickens with robust broilers and ended up with a featherless chicken that can be mass-produced for the poultry industry.




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I've know about these guys for a while, but I just recently found out that they're not genetically modified. I thought it was pretty interesting.
Tags: bird, chicken, mutations
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