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  • Q & A Carries the Day for Dairy Cattle Genome Project

    The trial lawyer mantra for cross-examination is “don’t ask a question you don’t know the answer to”; though at 300 bucks an hour, you’d think the more questions the better. By contrast, the researchers behind a Genome Alberta study love questions almost as much as answers. While they work to boost feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle through genomics, they’re also addressing the questions that raises.

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    Q & A Carries the Day for Dairy Cattle Genome Project

    The trial lawyer mantra for cross-examination is “don’t ask a question you don’t know the answer to”; though at 300 bucks an hour, you’d think the more questions the better. By contrast, the researchers behind a Genome Alberta study love questions almost as much as answers. While they work to boost feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle through genomics, they’re also addressing the questions that raises.

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    Pig Researchers Hope for Macro Results with Microbiomes

    As Yoda proved in Star Wars, sometimes the smallest things are the biggest source of knowledge and insight. The same can be said for the latest project by Genome Alberta that aims to improve disease resilience in pigs through the application of genomics. And it’s especially true in the study of microbiomes, where work at the microscopic level could lead to some “out of this world” results.

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    Dolly’s sister sheep clones reveal new insights and options

    Remember Dolly the Sheep? Turns out her clones are not monsters and are living health, normal lives.

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    Genome Project Seeks the Low Down on High Health Pigs

    Have you ever taken great pains to avoid a cold, only to be the target of a co-worker’s germs? Imagine how a pig feels. Not only are they vulnerable to a number of diseases, but their buddies won’t even cover their mouths when they sneeze. That’s a simplistic description of a complex challenge, one that Genome Alberta researchers are currently taking on.

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    Overlooked upside to GMOs could help save millions of lives

    In the ongoing public debate over the safety of genetically-modified foods, including livestock and the foods they feed upon, few stop to think how genetically-modified foods might actually save humans. Oh sure, plenty of people, including just about all farmers, think about how genetically-modified organisms can better withstand a lot of things ranging from drought to disease, but as it turns out, that is only part of the story.

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    Bottom Line is Top of Mind for Genome Cattle Project

    As evidenced by an Austrian study on the nature of navel fluff, not all research has practical application. Fortunately, the team behind a new Genome Alberta project has little use for navel gazing. In their quest to use genomics for developing more accurate breeding values for key traits of commercial cattle, researchers have both eyes keenly trained on the bottom line.

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    Genome Alberta Milks Hi-Tech Tools to Breed Better Bovines

    To the layperson, spectroscopy sounds like a weird kind of surgery. But in reality, the potential of this technology and the data it produces to assist in cutting edge research is no laughing matter. And for Genome Alberta researchers applying genomics to build a better dairy cow, it’s a tool that’s well worth tapping.

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