`Research turkeys' endangered as universities try to cut costs

by 5m Editor
28 November 2003, at 12:00am

CALIFORNIA - Millions of turkeys arrive at our dinner tables this week, courtesy of the nation's vast poultry-producing industry. But the birds who make such bounty possible - the flocks of "research turkeys" and other fowl studied at universities - are not in such ample supply. These birds, less tasty than the table-top variety but bred to isolate genes for color, deformities and disease resistance, are an endangered species, threatened with extinction by universities seeking to save money.

5m Editor