Scientists sequence the genome of Lil Bub, celebrity cat

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With a couple of extra toes, a case of dwarfism, no teeth and a tongue that perpetually hangs out of her mouth, Lil Bub is one of the Internet’s most beloved animals. She (and her owner) have spent years as advocates for animal shelters, inspiring tens […]

‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]

Genomic technology can make a difference for farmers around the world

Genomics, including livestock DNA testing, has revolutionized much of the agricultural world, and its impact only continues to grow as the technology improves. And as the science advances, it continues to enter new markets and regions that can benefit from it.

For farmers in developing countries, whose herds are smaller and less productive than typical […]

Scottish Government extends genomics partnership with Neogen

AYR, Scotland, 25 February, 2019 — Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today the Scottish Government has formally extended its partnership with Neogen in Ayr, Scotland, to perform genomics testing as part of the government’s program to improve the country’s beef herd.

The genomic testing partnership was initiated in October 2016, and now has been […]

Experts discuss the dairy industry in 50 years: Genomics, regulations and more

In 50 years it will be 2069, and we have no idea what the world will look like. We certainly have hopes for our planet — that our industries will be booming and efficient, particularly our agricultural economy.

University of Minnesota Extension educator James Salfer predicts that changes in the dairy industry over the […]

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 […]

Report: Global animal genetics market to reach nearly $6 billion by 2023

The global animal genetics market is expected to reach $5.8 billion by 2023, reports research firm MarketsandMarkets.

This is an increase from the 2018 value, which the firm pins at $4.2 billion.

What will drive the increase? The research firm points out a rising demand for animal protein products that goes hand-in-hand with increasing world […]

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 […]

Genomics: What’s a SNP?

Genomics — it’s one of the most cutting-edge fields in science at the moment. In just the past few years, important species genomes have been unraveled, or sequenced. Wheat, reindeer and barley are just some of the most recent ones.

Beyond sequencing the genomes of new species, scientists also unravel the genomes of individual animals […]

Neogen launches upgraded Igenity® Beef Profile

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 14, 2018 — Commercial beef producers will get more traits and selection index tools in the upgraded Igenity® Beef profile.

The Igenity Beef Profile will offer 16 traits for $29, replacing Neogen’s 13-trait Igenity Gold ($40) and 6-trait Igenity Silver ($25) tests. The upgrade includes new predictions for weaning weight, yearling weight […]