Nature vs. nurture: How we use social media

How do you interact with social media? Are you that person who provides friends with a constant stream of photos, articles and witty quips on your profile? Maybe you’re a more passive user, dropping the occasional “like” or comment here and there. Maybe, unlike an estimated 2.8 billion people worldwide, you don’t even use social […]

Is parenting style the result of nature or nurture?

They say becoming a parent changes everything — and now science shows that it may even change the way your brain works.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have published a study showing that when a living being becomes a parent, there are changes in parts of the brain that deal with mating, feeding, aggression […]

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.

Animal Science:

Poultry Farm Sets up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu — The Poultry Site An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting […]

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. […]

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.

While whole genome sequencing is being used as a replacement for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), some companies […]

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 […]

Whole genome sequencing provides insight on the future of food safety

Salmonella

Food production industries continue to make improvements in pathogen reduction and improving public health. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through improvements in food safety diagnostics.

Next generation sequencing and genomics provides processors with previously unavailable information on strains, sources, and identity of particular pathogens or spoilage issues. Next […]

Superior genes leads to $251,000 sale of dairy calf

Last month a 12-week-old Australian Holstein dairy heifer calf, known as Jedi Gigi, sold at auction for $251,000 — the second highest price ever paid for a bovine (beef or dairy) in Australia’s history. This sale will also be the first time an Australian dairy animal will be live exported to the U.S.

Taking into […]

Genetic study results may be a win for rats

Devouring food supplies and spreading a range of harmful viruses and bacteria, most can agree that rats wreak havoc no matter where they go. However, what has been previously unknown is the question on how rats went from wild rodent to unwanted human companion. Now, a new genetic study of brown rats from around the […]

Genomics uncorks climate-tolerant wine grape varieties

Just in time for wine Wednesday, scientists have discovered a new sequencing process that will help breed grapes that can tolerate climate change.

Using this sequencing process, along with a new computer algorithm that can yield detailed information about complex genomes of various organisms, scientists were able to assemble the genome of the cabernet sauvignon […]