Colombian scientists say they have discovered a gene in a native breed of cows that protects the animals against foot-and-mouth disease, according to a Reuters report.

The scientists discovered the gene in the Blanco Orejinegro breed and it has proved resistant against three of the seven types of foot-and-mouth virus reported in Colombia.

Colombia detected its first two foot-and-mouth outbreaks this year but those occurred far from the country’s main cattle region on the Atlantic coast.

It’s not clear how this discovery will effect the pork industry, or even other breeds of beef cattle, but with today’s genomic technology advancing at rapid rates, it can only be viewed as a positive.