Genomics Blog
Posted on: May 21, 2015 9:37 AM
CRISPR: Editing genes may be be editing our theology
"With great power comes great responsibility" is a quote that has been attributed to a range of people from Voltaire, to FDR to a comic book superhero. As we continue our look at CRISPR technology and gene editing, it doesn't really matter who said...
Posted on: May 19, 2015 10:49 AM
CRISPR brings a multi-purpose tool into the genetics toolbox - Part I
One of the hottest new technologies in genomics has been around for a few years but is only now finding a place in applied science because it can be used to 'edit' a specific sequence. For instance in the past you could change the hair colour of a...
Posted on: May 18, 2015 8:31 AM
Brilliant Blunders - a review
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of the Universe, by Mario Livio. Several times as I was reading this book I was in a public area and, surprisingly, I had several...
Livestock Blog
Posted on: February 9, 2015 11:38 AM
Unique collaboration will combat deadly disease found in pigs
The PED virus kills young piglets at an astonishing rate with a near 100% mortality rate in suckling pigs. A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young...
Posted on: April 30, 2015 12:58 PM
International consortium cracks cattle genome, builds global database
Wait?! You might say. Hadn’t we already cracked the cattle genome? Yes and no. Before we had a basic outline of the genome so yes, it was cracked, but minimally so. But now, thanks to the work of an international consortium of scientists, we...
Posted on: April 30, 2015 7:05 AM
Human genome-editing debate may prove beneficial for similar advances in livestock and crops
Here is the first post from our new blogger, Lisa Willemse. Feel free to leave some comments to welcome her to the fold and read a little bit about her background. The spectre of undesirable inherited traits as a result of DNA disruption via genome...
Posted on: March 28, 2015 9:51 AM
When big data algorithms meet livestock genetics, farmers win big
Farming has never been an easy occupation and it will never appeal to those looking to get money for nothing. But there are changes afoot that will make farming considerably more profitable for those willingly to work at it. Chief on that list of...
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