Genomics vs genetics: What’s the difference, and what do they mean for agriculture?

Genomics is an increasingly popular technology used in the agricultural field, but still many don’t quite understand what it is. A common misconception is that genomics is essentially the same as gene editing, but this isn’t quite true. Here we’ll take a look at what these two sciences really are.

Genomics

Genomics is, unsurprisingly, the […]

For the first time, gene-edited pigs successfully resist costly virus

Last year, the University of Edinburgh announced that a team of its researchers had used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that were potentially resistant to a viral infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Now, those pigs have been put to the test. The team recently exposed the gene-edited pigs […]

Future bright for genetic progress in beef industry

As beef industry leaders got a glimpse of the future of genetic improvement in cattle, what they saw was more opportunity on the horizon.

Several speakers outlined emerging technology that will speed beef improvement during the Neogen International Genomics Symposium at the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual conference.

Dr. Mitch Abrahamsen, executive vice president […]

Santa Gertrudis Breeders International and Neogen launch new heifer DNA test

Commercial cattle producers using Santa Gertrudis genetics have a new DNA test to help them select their best replacement heifers with the launch of Igenity® Santa Gertrudis.

The new DNA test was built for the breed by Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) and Neogen.

“We are very pleased to bring Igenity Santa Gertrudis to the […]

In ‘draw-a-scientist’ studies, more kids draw women than before

Quick, think of a scientist.

Who did you picture? Researchers for years have been gaining insight into societal views by asking this question to children and documenting what they imagine, which in turn reveals a lot about how their generation sees the world.

One area this kind of test illuminates is gender roles. In the […]

What’s genomic testing, and what does it have to do with beef?

Beef is huge. It’s a huge part of our diets, sure, but also of our global economy. Around the world, an estimated 57 million tons of beef are produced each year. A recent report issued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association shows that there are more than 700,000 beef cattle ranches in the U.S. alone.

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Brown Swiss Assoc. to offer Neogen genomic services

Neogen Corporation announced today that it is partnering with the Brown Swiss Association to offer its members advanced genomic services to improve herd performance and profitability.

With the agreement, Neogen will offer association members its Igenity® Dairy Heifer Program and SeekSire™ parentage product lines. Neogen’s Igenity products include its popular Igenity Select and Igenity Prime […]

Two new breeds welcomed by largest U.S. canine registry

Image courtesy the American Kennel Club

Two new dog breeds with names as majestic as the dogs themselves were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) early this year: the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (if you speak Dutch, pronouncing that should be no problem).

According to the AKC, the […]

Neogen simplifies dairy trait and genetic condition testing packages

Neogen has launched a simplified and cost-effective method of ordering testing for multiple dairy genetic traits — all from a single sample.

Neogen’s new Igenity® dairy genomic services combine tests for related traits into one testing solution, including packages for milk protein variants, breeding stock traits, and deleterious genetic conditions. These new packages allow dairy […]

Scientists debate pros, cons of editing genes to stop virus-carrying mosquitos

We’d all love to get rid of mosquitos, it’s true. But as sweets, junk food and binge-watching TV all night have prompted us to ask: Are the things we want always the best for us?

That brings us to gene drives — or at least, certain applications of them. Gene drives are scientifically-modified genes that […]