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Pig Genome Sequenced: Offers Significant Implications Abroad
2012-11-14 15:57:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A massive team of international researchers has announced the successful sequencing of the first female domestic pig´s genome. There have already been many similarities established between pigs and humans and the new genomic analysis reveals some new twists and a few distinctions to that relationship, according to reports on the work published in the journals Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)....

Which Pig Has The Best Legs?
2012-06-28 12:29:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The search is now on for the pig with the best legs as part of a new research project to progress the health and welfare of pigs on farms across the UK. The study, being led by Newcastle University, was set up to see if we can forecast from an early age whether a pig is at risk of becoming lame, simply by reviewing the way it walks. Using video motion capture — a technique similar to that used in animation for popular...

2012-04-11 10:32:26

A North Carolina State University study shows that, for the first time since testing began several years ago, feral pigs in North Carolina have tested positive for Brucella suis, an important and harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to people. The bacteria are transmitted to humans by unsafe butchering and consumption of undercooked meat. Clinical signs of brucellosis, the disease caused by the bacteria, in people are fairly non-specific and include persistent flu-like symptoms. The...

2012-03-21 15:00:41

University of Illinois research reports that swine producers can feed distiller's dried grain with solubles (DDGS) to their pigs without concern for sulfur content. "When you buy DDGS, you don't have to be concerned about the level of sulfur it contains because there doesn't appear to be any impact on pig performance," said U of I animal sciences professor Hans Stein. According to the researcher, DDGS, a co-product of the ethanol industry, is used as a feed ingredient in diets fed to...

Pig Organs Could Be Transplanted Into Humans Within 2 Years
2011-10-21 10:59:02

Scientists said that organs grown in genetically modified pigs could be transplanted into humans in as soon as two years. Pittsburgh University scientists say that a trial transplanting pig corneas into humans with eye problems could begin as early as 2013. "With new genetically modified pigs becoming available that are likely to improve the outcome of cellular and corneal xenotransplantation further, we believe that clinical trials will be justified within the next two to three years,"...

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2011-05-02 07:50:00

To find out what motivates pigs to frolic around in the mud, a scientist in the Netherlands looked at the wallowing behavior of its wild relatives. Marc Bracke from Wageningen University and Research Centre carried out the study that suggests a pig's love of mud is not just a way to keep cool, but is vital for the animals' well-being. Pigs are known to wallow in order to keep cool because they do not have normal sweat glands to regulate their body temperature. Bracke searched through...

2011-04-25 14:09:54

The nation's feral pig population continues to expand, increasing the potential for interaction with humans and domestic swine "“ and for spreading diseases. Researchers at North Carolina State University examined feral pigs from eastern North Carolina to determine exposure to two parasites that can be transmitted from animals to people "“ Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) and Trichinella. The study found that wild pigs host a significant number of these parasites. "If ingested by...

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2011-04-20 07:30:17

Mediterranean landscapes have undergone great change in recent decades, but species have adapted to this, at least in the case of roe deer, Spanish ibex, red deer and wild boar. This has been shown by Spanish researchers who have analyzed the effects of changes in land use on the past, present and future distribution of these species. "In the last few decades there has been an increase in the area of distribution of wild ungulates", explains Pelayo Acevedo, lead author of the study and...

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2011-04-04 22:53:16

Fossil teeth show who ate what and when as grasses emergedFossil teeth of African animals show that during the past 10 million years, different plant-eating critters began grazing on grass at different times as many switched from a salad-bar diet of tree leaves and shrubs, says a University of Utah study.The first animals to hit the hay "“ technically warm-season grasses known as C4 plants "“ were zebras' ancestors, starting 9.9 million years ago. Next, some but not all rhinos...


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