It was revealed today, that scientists have developed a way of curbing the spread of avian flu with the help of genetically modified chickens that do not spread the virus.
The chickens have an extra piece of DNA inserted into their genomes which produces a "decoy" molecule that blocks the replication of the influenza virus and prevents transmission to the rest of the flock.
Researchers believe the breakthrough could eventually lead to the creation of GM poultry, pigs and other livestock that are fully resistant to a range of infectious diseases.
They also said that the development could help to lower the risk of transmitting dangerous animal viruses to humans.
The Spoof's intrepid but decrepit reporter Inchcock, asked Simon Burns MP, the Minister of State for Health for his views on this ground breaking news. The Minster explained:
"In essence this discovery could be considered to be of benefit for the voters of this country, any unknown side-effects will not be the responsibility of this Government of course".
Inchcock then asked the same question to Herr Yeolk, of the German National Farmers Association, who said: "I suppose this will bring attention to the cancer-causing dioxin which the contaminated German eggs found in cakes and quiches sold in Britain, that has has now been discovered in high concentrations in meat in Germany?
He added: "I ask you Herr Inchcock, Why do you not genetically breed your politician so they can be resistant to nepotism and fiddling expenses? Ya!"
Just in from our European Food Editorial Reporter Inchcock