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Jan 31, 2023

  • Swine Genetics and Agriculture
  • Swine Genetics and Medical Advancements
  • New Tests for Bovine Leukemia Virus


00:01:10  — Swine Genetics and Agriculture: University of Missouri Curator’s Distinguished Professor, Randall Prather, joins us for a two-part series focusing on innovation in swine genetics to benefit both agriculture and human medicine. We begin our conversation focusing on the basics of genetic engineering and Randall shares examples of how this advanced technology could benefit the industry such as stopping the spread of the PRRS virus.


00:12:20 — Swine Genetics and Medical Advancements:  Our conversation continues with Randall explaining that outside the box thinking has led to numerous medical advancements thanks to research in swine genetics. From glow-in-the-dark pigs, to heart transplants that grow, he discusses work that will leave you in awe. More in this area of research will be featured at K-State’s Swine Profitability Conference which will take place on Tuesday, February 7th.

More information on the research that lead to a successful partial heart transplant

More information on research in xenotransplantation at the University of Missouri

More information on the upcoming Swine Profitability Conference


00:23:06 — New Tests for Bovine Leukemia Virus: K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk discusses Bovine Leukemia Virus, or BLV, an infectious disease that can cause tumors and other issues in a small percentage of dairy cattle. He says there are new tests that can help producers identify which animals to move out of the herd.



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