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Should You Fear Genetically Modified Foods? It's Hard to Say - Patch.com

Should You Fear Genetically Modified Foods? It's Hard to Say - Patch.com | Animal Science | Scoop.it
Should You Fear Genetically Modified Foods? It's Hard to Say
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In a paper published last September, researchers in France suggested a strong link between genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and cancer.
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The FDA accepts genetically modifed foods. The Institute for Responsible Technology did some research and linked GMO's to some gluten disorders. These foods do not have to be labeled as GMO's, therfore you do not know if it was genetically modified or not.

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Human over-the-counter medicines that are toxic to cats - by Thom W. Conroy - Helium

Human over-the-counter medicines are prevalent in nearly every home, and while they tend to serve the health needs of people fairly well they can ..., Thom W.
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Over the counter drugs for humans can be very deadly for household cats. Respiratory failure, glycosuria and hyperglycemia are some of the things that can happen if a cat gets ahold of any pain medicine. Even the little things like vitamins and peroxide are super toxic to the cats. Vitamin D is the most toxic of all the vitamins. These medicines are not designed for cats because it is too much for their weight and body size. I never knew how sensitive cats immune systems was. Its weird to think that things like peroxide can kill your cat. It is also really different that vitamins are toxic for cats 

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Antibody Test for Swine Virus - Tri States Public Radio

Antibody Test for Swine Virus - Tri States Public Radio | Animal Science | Scoop.it
Antibody Test for Swine Virus
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Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help fight a virus that has the potential to kill entire litters of piglets.
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The test for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus will help tell when the pig will be safe to transport from one place to another. The old test could only tell if the animal was infected. The new one says how the bodies response to the exposure.

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Genetically engineered cows make non-allergenic milk

Genetically engineered cows make non-allergenic milk | Animal Science | Scoop.it

With mothers breastfeeding less, cows' milk is an increasing source of protein for babies, but the different composition of cows' milk can cause an allergic reaction. "In developed countries, 2-3 percent of infants are allergic to cows' milk proteins in the first year of life," the researchers said in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Anower Jabed and colleagues at the New Zealand government-run AgResearch company said their genetically modified cow produced milk with a 96 percent reduction in the protein beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), a component known to cause allergic reactions. They hope the technique, which uses a process called RNA interference that reduces the activity of certain genes without eliminating it completely, can be used to control other traits in livestock. Another gene manipulation technique using a process called homologous recombination could theoretically knock out, rather than suppress, the gene that produces BLG but the researchers said that, so far, this has not worked.

 

Bruce Whitelaw, professor of animal biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh, said the New Zealand research "offers a good example of how these technologies can be used to provide alternative strategies to current manufacturing process". "Time will tell how widely applicable RNA interference will be in GM livestock. But this is certainly a milestone study in this field," he said.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Within the first year of life, 2-3% of children are allergic to the protein in cows' milk. An AgResearch company in New Zealand genetically modified a cow so that it you produce milk with a 98% decrease of protein beta-lactoglobulin. This specific protein can cause allergic reactions.

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Trailer Accident Kills Tennessee Walking Horses, Trainer - TheHorse.com

Trailer Accident Kills Tennessee Walking Horses, Trainer - TheHorse.com | Animal Science | Scoop.it
Trailer Accident Kills Tennessee Walking Horses, Trainer
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On October 6, three Tennessee Walking Horses and their trainer Jeffrey Givens were killed on interstate 71. The 40-foot trailer had hit the guardrail and flipped both the truck and trailer, but the weather conditions are blamed for the accident. This accident had happened around 8:30.  They were on the way home from a horse show. One horse had died immediately, two horses were euthanized on the scene by a vet, two recovered, and the sixth horse was seen running into the woods. The trainer and exhibitor of the world champion Tennessee Walking Horse Trigger Treat had been killed instantly. This article was sad, but amazing at the same time. The fact that three horses survived being flipped around and bouncing off the ground was amazing. 

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