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PRRS is the most devastating disease to the swine industry in the United States, affecting not only the productivity of pigs, but also their health and wellness. This regularly occurring and complex disease has been documented to cause an estimated $500 million USD of losses to the pork producers, thus affecting the food security of countless people around the world.
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is one of the most important viruses affecting the health and well-being of bovine species throughout the world.
"...breeding of animals that could tolerate poor conditions better without apparently having adverse health impacts."
Dr. Emily Kathambi Kiugu DVM, first year PhD student in Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) Agriculture Next Gen Leadership Award.
...'Minnesota-based Acceligen is using advances in science to refine and accelerate the process of genetic improvement, enabling farmers to more humanely raise healthier and more resilient livestock while reducing the environmental impact of their work.'
Cattle can be gene-edited to have what’s called a “slick” coat, which makes them resistant to heat and gives them the ability to efficiently function in these kinds of extreme weather conditions, says Good Day BIO.
The gene, called KISS1, is normally expressed in the hypothalamus of the pig’s brain during puberty, triggering the production of hormones from the pituitary gland which propel puberty forward.
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Acceligen, a Recombinetics Inc. company, today announced that it received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop bovine genetics optimized with traits desirable to smallholder dairy farmers.
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Dr. Tad Sonstegard, CEO of Acceligen, talks Precision Breeding technology and how gene-editing can reboot genetic progress in sub saharan Africa.
There is a disparity between milk yield in sub saharan Africa and the US. In comparison, African dairy cattle produce as little as 1/6-1/8 the amount of milk.
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