Topic: evolution

What Makes a Good Dairy Cow?

What Makes a Good Dairy Cow?

Cattle have been domesticated since the Neolithic Age, but did Stone Age farmers select their cattle? And what about the thousands of years between first domestication and the modern era, how much selection has taken place? In a newly published study, Utsunomiya and colleagues have brought together cattle genetic data from around the world to reveal those regions of the genome that light up with the hallmarks of selection. Read More...

How dairying shaped the human genome

How dairying shaped the human genome

Something amazing happened about 10,000 years ago - humans developed organized agriculture, profoundly influencing the emergence of civilizations in many regions of the world. This past year has seen an explosion of revelations as scientists exploit the power of DNA sequence information to discover the genetic adaptations of humans to dairying. Read More...

Dinosaur aunts, bacterial stowaways, and insect milk

Dinosaur aunts, bacterial stowaways, and insect milk

Milk is everywhere. From the dairy aisle at the grocery store to the explosive cover of the Mother's Day issue of Time magazine, the ubiquity of milk makes it easy to take for granted. But surprisingly, milk synthesis is evolutionarily older than mammals. Milk is even older than dinosaurs. Read More...

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