Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Study: E. coli From Feedlots Can Contaminate Produce by Air – Food Safety News
New research finds that E. coliO157:H7 can spread more than a tenth of a mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce.

New state law reflects growing awareness of deadly food allergies – Santa Cruz Sentinel
A growing national consciousness on the dangers of food allergies is reflected in a new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, recommending schools keep vital medication on hand to prevent student deaths.

Animal Science

Project will vastly improve reference genome for horse – Horse Talk
Kentucky and Danish researchers are to receive funding to map the genetic blueprint of the domestic horse, in a project they say will vastly improve on the five-year-old reference genome.

Catastrophic Injuries in Racing Quarter Horses Studied – The Horse
Researchers recently turned their attention to quarter horses to gain a better understanding of the frequency of and risk factors associated with catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries in these animals.

Agriculture

Could Origins of Agriculture Shape Future of Food? – The Crop Site
Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.

With the Advent of Agriculture, Human Bones Dramatically Weakened – Discover
Early human ancestors spent eons testing their skeletons while jogging through untamed landscapes hunting and gathering food to survive. Life is significantly easier today, and evidence of a more leisurely lifestyle is showing up in our rested bones.

Toxicology

Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangs exploit ‘phenomenal market’ online – The Guardian
The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain’s medicines regulator.

Offbeat

How Do Blue Eyes Get Their Color? – IFL Science
When poets compare beautiful eyes to the sea or sky they’re probably not aware how accurate they are being.

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