Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Chickens prefer attractive people — National Geographic Research shows that chickens can recognize and discern people based on their faces — and they apparently like beautiful humans, keying in on things like symmetry as a […]

Science unwraps the reindeer genome for Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, researchers have unraveled some mysteries surrounding the season’s most iconic animal: the reindeer.

Though they say their work is “unlikely to reveal why Santa’s reindeer can fly,” researchers have finished sequencing the genome of the reindeer, the world’s only domesticated deer. Flying aside, what the information can do is […]

Scientists sequence 39,000 genes to find complete barley genome

Better brewing may be on the horizon after nearly a decade of research.

An international team of scientists have unraveled the genome of barley. Not only could this achievement lead to tastier beer and whiskey, but a clearer understanding of other staple food crops.

“This takes the level of completeness of the barley genome up […]