Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

Genomics roundup: Understanding the science

In 2003, the Human Genome Project announced that it had officially completed its goal of sequencing the human genome. Since then, genomics has continued to explode in importance as a scientific subject, with potentially game-changing applications emerging in the medical field, agriculture, animal health, food safety and beyond.

The layman’s understanding of genomics, and how […]

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 […]

From giant pumpkins to pets: Genetic engineering is there

Will your future dog be a genetically modified “micropig?” Will giant pumpkins become the norm this time of year? Some are asking these questions as the use of genetic engineering is making headlines around the world regarding everything from the foods we grow and eat, to the future of our household pets.

For example, the […]

Monday links

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

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Pet food trends reflect a growing market – Veterinary News Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and ‘premium’ pet food sales.

Huge Advance […]

Busy bull: Bull sires an estimated 500,000 calves

Referred to as a “titan of artificial insemination” and an “industry legend,” Toystory, a 2,700-pound bull who sired an estimated 500,000 offspring in more than 50 countries, was recently laid to rest.

Toystory’s handlers were able to confirm that more than 2.4 million units of his sperm were sold and shipped to farmers around the […]

Monday links

Have no fear, Monday links is here! Take a moment and catch up with the latest news in the food safety, animal science, agriculture and toxicology sectors.

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10 food allergy safety tips for Halloween – Examiner Halloween may be particularly frightening for kids, teens, and adults with food allergies and sensitivities but here […]

Improved heifer care eyed to beef up cattle herd, quality

For the past 60 years the U.S. cow herd has been declining, creating a short supply of beef for consumers and thus leading to meat prices reaching new record highs almost every week.

While it may seem like there is an obvious solution to this problem, repopulating the cow herd for quality beef involves more […]

Get in the know with the Monday Links

Only a few more days until we’re officially in summer! While we’re gearing up for a heat wave at headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, across the pond, we’re celebrating Food Safety Week 2014 in the United Kingdom (UK). We are also about to gather together for our International Sales Meeting later on this week. It’s safe […]