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Israeli company Novatrans has found a way to analyze the chemical makeup of gases that leak from the pores of an egg to determine the sex of the embryo inside. Currently, hatcheries hatch both male and female chicks, then immediately euthanize male chicks as they’re of little use. Novatrans’ technology can determine the sex of an embryo just two days after the egg is laid and before it enters incubation, making it easier for hatcheries to locate and keep female embryos while shipping male embryos as edible eggs. (NPR’s The Salt)

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