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Locust genome sequence could aid development of new insecticides

A team of scientists, including researchers from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and BGI have published the whole genome sequence of the most common locust species, Locusta migratoria. They have found that the locust genome is huge - 6.5 gigabytes – making it the largest animal genome sequenced to date. The researchers were particularly interested in identifying...
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Neogen acquires access to extensive cattle genomic knowledge through Cargill's BeefGen

Neogen Corporation has announcedthat it has licensed patents owned by Cargill, Inc. and Branhaven LLC considered key for genomic evaluation to improve traits in beef and dairy cattle. The technology, known as BeefGen, identifies key genomic tools to improve both meat and milk production. “This agreement allows Neogen unencumbered access to extensive cattle genomic analytic and...
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Nuffield scholarship report on sheep genomics

The report "Sheep genomics: the future of profitable performance prediction", written by Nuffield Scholar Robert Hodgkins can now be accessed here: http://www.nuffieldinternational.org/rep_pdf/1380444290Rob-Hodgkins-report-2012.pdf   As is described in the report, the Objectives of the Study Tour were as follows:  To establish the current state of sheep genomics, in...
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Irish Government makes substantial investment in beef genomics

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland, Simon Coveney TD, has announced support measures for the beef sector that will result in payments of €40 million to suckler farmers in 2014. Minister Coveney said “I am delighted that we are in a position to fund these measures, which together will result in investment of €40m in our beef sector next year.  The...
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SPARK Award contributes to better understanding of genetic factors controlling wool shedding in sheep

A Biosciences KTN SPARK Award has funded a recently published piece of research on the genetic factors controlling wool shedding in “easy care” sheep. With the increasing costs of labour, and the decreased market value of wool, there has been renewed interest in “Easycare” sheep. Genetic traits which cause sheep to naturally shed their coats have become desirable. In this study, the...
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