FDA’s GenomeTrakr supports food safety around the globe

There’s Twitter. Uber. Venmo. Facebook. The World Wide Web has brought us no shortage of apps, websites and networks with trendy names and useful functions. For the food industry, now there’s GenomeTrakr.

GenomeTrakr is a network of more than 60 laboratories across the world working in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). […]

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. […]

Y chromosome linked to cow infertility

In the cattle industry calf production in female cows is one of the most important traits producers are looking for in terms of economic stability in their herds. If a cow cannot produce an offspring, farmers can see a significant reduction in annual revenue as costs associated with feed and labor continue to add up […]

The Monday links you have been waiting for

Complied together for your reading pleasure is the latest news and information in the food and animal safety segments in this edition of Monday links!

Genomics

Sequencing Tsetse Fly Genome Reveals Surprises That May Save Lives – National Geographic The genome of the tsetse fly—a disease-ridden insect with surprisingly mammalian biology that stalks the […]

Fighting back against ash dieback: Researchers sequence resistant tree

Ash dieback symptoms. Courtesy of WTPL/Mike Ryder.

Scientists are fighting back against a deadly ash tree fungus on the genetic level.

The first genetic information from a tree known as tree 35 that survived an outbreak of the deadly fungus that causes ash dieback in Denmark has been sequenced by researchers in the United […]

Research: Cows, snakes share DNA

Have genetic information, will travel?

Bov-B does.

Roughly a quarter of a cow’s genetic makeup originally came from reptiles, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and highlighted by Australia’s ABC News.

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Life sciences

Microbial menagerie—The Scientist

Why humans really aren’t all that human at all.

Food safety

Food Safety Magazine –June/July issue

The most recent issue has articles on why food packages […]