Here are five things Katherine Newbigging learnt at PhD in an Hour hosted by Cosmin Chintoan-Uta.
1) Some chickens carry a bacteria in their guts which has no effect on chickens but causes diarrhoea and other unpleasant things in humans.
2) As the bacteria has no effect on the chickens it is hard to create a vaccine to make their white blood cells to fight the bacteria.
3) Chickens produced for meat are slaughter at 5 - 6 weeks old. This is problematic as the current vaccine which has been created becomes effective at 7 - 8 weeks old.
4) Three companies control the world's breeding population for meat chickens. This makes it easier to implement changes and once the changes/ modification are made to the breeding population it takes around 1 and half years to be passed down to the full meat chicken population.
5) If you freeze chicken the bacteria which causes diarrhoea in humans is killed off. However, frozen chicken sells for less than fresh chicken, making farmers far more likely to vaccinate the chickens, if a vaccine can be created.
The next PhD in an Hour is today, and the theme is : The Performance of Power in 1640s England: the competition for political authority and public support in the British Civil Wars
More details here.