33 gene modified chicken go missing at Gulu University

33 gene modified chicken go missing at Gulu University

Gulu, Uganda | URN | Thirty-three hens meant for genetic research at Gulu University-Main Campus have vanished without a trace, raising health concerns among experts.

They are part of 56 chicken that were collected from different parts of Uganda for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) studies aimed at improving indigenous breeds as well as transforming and boosting chicken productivity in Northern Uganda.

The University management and researchers say that the chicken that were being used for research on genetic breeding disappeared mysteriously over the weekend from the chicken pen at the Main Campus at Pece-Laroo division in Gulu City.

Geoffrey Beyihayo Akikii, a lecturer and researcher at Gulu University in the department of Animal production says that the disappearance of the chickens has raised fear for the health of the people who might eat them.

He disclosed that prior to their disappearance, the chickens had been injected with several genetic modification chemicals which are dangerous for human health, adding that and once eaten, they may cause cancer.

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Much as the University has reported the disappearance of the chicken at Gulu Central Police Station, they are also running radio announcements calling for vigilance among the people and urging them not to eat any suspicious chicken because of the health risks including cancer.

By the time of their disappearance, the fairly big multi-colored chicken had metallic tags pinned on their wings. James Onono Ojok, the Gulu University Assistant Public Relations Officer told this publication on Wednesday 11, August 2021 evening that a search for the missing 33 birds is ongoing.

This publication has since received information that three people from Gulu University have recorded statements at Gulu Central Police Station over the disappearance of the 33 birds.