A burger and flies: Why some scientists are promoting insects as food

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We’ve seen the same scene play out countless times on our favorite TV channels.

Scrappy travel show hosts stroll through street markets in foreign countries. They stop at a stall and cringe, retching and exclaiming in an exaggerated display of shock. They then purchase the item being sold—a fried insect on a stick—and as the camera gets a close-up shot, take a reluctant, quivering chomp. [ More … ]

Best in show: Sandy the dingo wins genome competition

Photo by Barry Eggleton

It’s best-in-show time at the World’s Most Interesting Genome Competition.

Yes, it’s real. A public competition was held to determine which animal on earth has the most interesting genome. The winner, selected by popular vote from more than 200 entries, is Sandy Maliki, a rare purebred desert dingo from Australia. As a result of winning, Sandy will have her genome sequenced. [ More … ]

New app seeks to help food allergic dine out safely

Those with food allergies know just how dangerous dining out can be.

At home, food allergic consumers can carefully choose everything that goes into and touches their food — down to the last spice used, and choice of cooking oil and utensils. At a restaurant, the food allergic have to trust that their food was safely sourced and prepared. [ More … ]

Science: Salmonella serotyping using next-generation sequencing

Recently, there has been a lot of attention around next-generation sequencing—whole genome sequencing (WGS) in particular—for outbreak investigations. Neogen has posted a few articles on our blog and foodsafetytech.com to help articulate the applications of whole genome sequencing. [ More … ]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered. [ More … ]

Got grain? Researchers identify gene that impacts grain yield

Mutants get a bad rap in horror movies and superhero comic books. But when it comes to real-life genomic science, mutations can be very important in the process of making new discoveries.

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have used four mutations to determine a gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops. This discovery could impact crops used to produce renewable fuels. [ More … ]

‘Rain, rain, go away’ say farmers

We typically think of rain as being good for plants, but as with anything, timing is key.

Too much springtime rain can force farmers to delay planting schedules by several weeks. This is currently the case for farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest regions of the United States, where a rainy yet warm April has been interfering with the normal agricultural agenda. [ More … ]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them? [ More … ]

Science: Whole milk likely healthier than skim milk

What seems like a no-brainer to most of us is now being refuted by those a bit brainier.

Most of us who drink milk have routinely skipped whole milk for the far less delicious reduced fat options in the belief that the extra fat and calories in whole milk must be less healthy for us. I mean, how could it not be? Aren’t fat and calories responsible for obesity and its consequences, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease? [ More … ]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered. [ More … ]