Monday, April 27, 2009
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the completion of the cow genome. The article provides,
The cow is the first livestock mammal to have its genetic blueprint sequenced and analyzed. The research was unveiled Thursday in the journal Science. “The cattle industry is extremely important for U.S. agriculture with more than 94 million cattle in the United States valued at $49 billion,” said U.S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Understanding the cattle genome and having the sequence will allow researchers to understand the genetic basis for disease in domestic cattle and could result in healthier production of meat and milk while reducing producers’ dependence on antibiotics.” . . .
Blogbioethics has some further thoughts here and expresses hope for the quick development of a healthy milkshake.