It’s been called “a game changer”, “the technology of the future”, and “revolutionary”. It’s also the subject of a massive and bitter patent dispute that grabbed headlines again this week. Whatever the outcome of the court battle over ownership of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology, in just under five years it has already changed impossible to possible.
Researchers at Ohio State University discover an antibiotic-resistant gene in hogs - but no threat to food safety.
Genetic ownership could come under serious question if companies can patent naturally occurring DNA segments in cattle. And that has already happened in Australia.
Genes from the wild auroch live on in domestic cattle breeds and we may be able to tease them back out.
We can't make cows burpless, but with new technology we can make them burp less.
Lungworm is not good for cows and is even worse for the cattle industry. Now that the genome of the parasite has been sequenced life may be better for the cow and the rancher.