Pigs almost similar to humans when it comes to susceptibly to diseases
The largest ever study of the pig genome have found that swine suffer from the same genetic and protein malfunctions that account for many human diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and obesity.
The groundbreaking study - the most thorough genome analysis ever of the domestic pig and its wild boar counterparts was conducted by scientists in Scotland, America and the Netherlands and published in the journals Nature.
Researchers believe with further study, a swine's gene could lead to new treatments to combat these devastating illnesses.
"We identified many more gene variants implicated in human disease, further supporting the pig as a valuable biomedical model," the Daily Mail quoted Professor Martien Groenen, a principal investigator on the study, as saying.
The study also found that wild boar originated in Southeast Asia about 4 million years ago.
It further revealed that domestication started nearly 10,000 years ago, taking place in several independent locations all over the European and Asian land mass
"This work has important implications for agriculture, contributes to our understanding of evolution and will aid in human medicine," said Bob Easter, one of the study's authors.