By 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
Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard
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
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 (http://www.cast-science.org), 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
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