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Scientists have revealed how bird feathers form which could help develop breeds that are more heat resistant. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute identified chemical signals that are switched on and off in the birds’ skin as feathers are arranged sequentially.

People are being invited to share their views on the use of gene-editing technologies in animals through an online survey. The questionnaire is focused on people’s perceptions of gene editing in livestock, and whether they would eat meat from an animal that has had its DNA altered.

The UK’s largest agricultural sector event kicks off tomorrow in Birmingham. The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) annual conference attracts thousands of visitors and sets the tone for the farming year ahead through political sessions and workshops focused on research, innovation and meeting the needs of the agriculture community.