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 […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Reproductive performance in beef herds — North Dakota State University Extension Recent data from North Dakota State University illustrates that beef cattle reproduction has been quite successful of late. The university’s special Cow Herd Appraisal […]

Double-dog domestication: How many times did dogs become man’s best friend?

Some 14,700 years ago, a loyal dog was buried alongside its human companions near what is today Bonn, Germany. That dog is the oldest undisputed domesticated dog on record, though many scientists purport that dogs were first domesticated far earlier, between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

It’s actually hard to say for sure where and […]

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. […]

The science behind domestication

My favorite part about going home is seeing my dog, a five-year-old golden retriever, overjoyed at seeing me. She wags her tail, rolls on the floor, brings me her favorite toy(s) and won’t leave my side.

Her traits of joy and adoration at my return are ones that many pet owners can relate to (sometimes […]

8 things to know for your Monday Links

Sometimes, Mondays can be rough. That’s why Neogen gives you everything you will want to know about the food and animal industries. Check out all of the Monday Links we’ve gathered for you:

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