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October 25, 2014 12:11 PM

Pigging Out: New Research Could Increase Efficiency in Pork Industry

Recently announced funding from the federal government could support the development and commercialization of enzymes to improve feed efficiency in the pork sector.

Canada’s hog industry brings in $9.8 billion annually, according to the Canadian Pork Council. Stats Canada numbers recorded 2011 exports at more than one million tonnes of pork, to more than 80 countries, ranking this country as fifth among world exporters.
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October 25, 2014 12:11 PM
Pigging Out: New Research Could Increase Efficiency in Pork Industry
Recently announced funding from the federal government could support the development and commercialization of enzymes to improve feed efficiency in the pork sector.

Canada’s hog industry brings in $9.8 billion annually, according to the Canadian Pork Council. Stats Canada numbers recorded 2011 exports at more than one million tonnes of pork, to more than 80 countries, ranking this country as fifth among world exporters.
October 14, 2014 8:00 AM
Milking it: Genomics is Taking the Guesswork out of Dairy Production
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Media Release, October 9, 2014. A new research program, funded in part by Genome British Columbia, aims to help BC’s dairy farmers by taking the guesswork out of determining which young heifers will develop to be the best milk producers. Through a simple hair sample, a genomic-based test will demonstrate the genetic markers of desirable traits like volume, fat content and protein. This data will allow farmers to make informed breeding and selection management decisions that will result in a more productive herd and improved dairy profitability.
October 11, 2014 6:06 AM
Baboon Genes to Combat Trypanosomiasis in African Cattle

Genetic engineering could go beyond shrinking or eliminating horns in cattle. It could be the much-needed antidote to one of Africa’s greatest zoonotic diseases.

Roughly 22% of cattle in Africa die before three months of age. They, like 6% of their adult counterparts are lost to disease. For those that survive, many will never be good producers, carrying the burden of disease without relief, increasing their susceptibility to both ectoparasites and endoparasites.

October 8, 2014 7:36 AM
Cattle Code Cracked in Detail
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Media Release, Aarhus University, October 3, 2014. The cattle genome has now been mapped to a hitherto unknown degree of detail, constituting a quantum leap for research into the history and genetics of cattle. By creating a global database an international consortium of scientists has increased the detailed knowledge of the variation in the cattle genome by several orders of magnitude. The first generation of the new data resource, which will be open access, forms an essential tool for scientists working with cattle genetics and livestock history. The results are published in an article in the scientific journal Nature Genetics. 

October 3, 2014 1:16 PM
Biotechnology and the Risky Art of Being Unnatural
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Everything we do carries risk. The clothes we wear are synthetic. The food we eat is unnatural. Yet, we thrive.

Genetic engineering, first attempted in the late 20th century, is a process of altering specific genetic material to change heredity traits of a cell or organism.  The resulting organism is deemed genetically modified (GM).