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New Animal Frontiers available

The April 2017 issue of Animal Frontiers is now available online. The theme of the issue is “GMO Crops in Animal Nutrition.” View the Table of Contents. Visit the Animal Frontiers Archives.

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Providing expertise to media contacts

link-building-strategies1By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Public Policy Committee

July 28, 2016 – From time to time, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) is contacted by the media seeking an expert to talk about a hot topic or issue. ASAS relies on its members to provide science-based information and maintains a list of scientists from around the U.S. to help respond to inquiries from the media. The ASAS Public Policy Committee is updating its Experts List. Read more »


Extension Specialist Alison Van Eenennaam at the forefront of biotechnology education

Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

VanEenennaamAgricultural biotechnology is one of the most discussed topics of today. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is one of the world’s premier voices in the field.

She is the winner of the 2014 ASAS Extension Award, an honor given to individuals who stimulate outstanding achievements in animal science extension. Van Eenennaam was recognized at the 2014 ASAS-ADSA-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City on July 21.

Researchers had not yet begun the initial sequencing of the bovine genome when Van Eenennaam began her research. In fact, biotechnology was just emerging as a science when she began her education. Read more »


The CAST Issue paper on Genetically Engineered Foods released

by Alison Van Eenennaam

The CAST Issue paper 54 entitled “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods in the United States” was released April 28.  For those of you unfamiliar with CAST, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (, it is a non-profit organization composed of scientific societies including ASAS, individual, student, company, nonprofit, and associate society members. CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, science-based information using volunteer scientific experts as authors and reviewers.   Read more »


Advancements in somatic-cell nuclear transfer prove promising for future of regenerative medicine

Since the birth of Dolly, the cloned sheep, in 1996, somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technology has been assumed to be used only for cloning various species. In a recent article published in Animal Frontiers, authors Kiho Lee and Randall S. Prather (University of Missouri) discuss and summarize advancements in the SCNT technology, specifically in pigs.

Advancements in SCNT technology and efficiency have produced a better understanding of nuclear transfer and timing, and improvements in the embryo culture system: “Improvements in embryo culture will increase the availability of high quality embryos and thus increase the application of SCNT” (Lee, Prather). Read more »