Pocket pigs are back, and this time they’re for real

It’s one way to fund cutting-edge research: BGI, the Chinese genomics institute, is offering its micro-pigs for sale as pets. [T]he institute quoted a price tag of 10,000 yuan (US$1,600) for the micropigs, but that was just to “help us better evaluate the market”, says Yong Li, technical director of BGI’s animal-science platform. In future, …

Pocket pigs find a use

After more than three decades of breed conservation and selection, a livestock research station in southeastern Taiwan has made a name for itself by selling minipigs locally for experimental purposes. Are these minipigs the same as pocket pigs? Oh, I do hope so.