`Research turkeys' endangered as universities try to cut costs

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.
calendar icon 28 November 2003
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