NIAA Weekly News Bulletin

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020


Scientist create gene-editing tool to transform animal breeding


Scientists use gene-editing to allow animals to serve as "surrogate sires" with genetic traits of donor animals. 

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Will pets be the first consumers of cell-cultured meats?

AgFunder Network Partners 

Startup to debut cell-cultured meats company for cat and dog food in 2023.

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Collaboration to create innovation  Banks Baker, manager of animal welfare and agriculture with McDonald's Supply Chain and Sustainability team, shares their collaboration across the boiler supply chain.

4 emerging technologies to improve animal welfare & safety – Four technologies that can continue supporting the strides being made in productivity, efficiency and improve safety. 

Impossible Milk?–  Michigan farm mom weighs in on Impossible Foods' new target – the dairy industry. 

Penn State to study coronavirus potential to infect livestock – Researchers at Penn State will study SARS-CoV-2 and effects among livestock.  

Building trust and awareness in dairy industry – Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin are creating outlets for dairy farmers to share their story with consumers.

Can sustainable aquaculture help feed the world? – Aquaculture plays a crucial role in meeting the challenges needed to feed a growing population. 

New Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building – Penn State's new Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building is halfway complete. The $98.5 million facility is expected to open in late 2021. 

New Wisconsin Beef Plant Proposed – Strauss Brands, Wisconsin beef processor, is seeking approval for a new 152,000 square-foot facility. The facility would process between 250 and 500 head a day. 


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USDA in search of candidates for air quality task force

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