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Don’t worry if one day you lose your star, you will always have the chance to take advantage of the opportunities and get more in return. This is a true story from a restaurant in ZARAGOZA.


How do animals become domesticated?

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Blog

08 September 2014
By Bronwen Aken

Domestication is driven by small changes in many genes. Figure from companion paper,  '&lt;a href=;On the origin of Peter Rabbit&lt;/a&gt;'. Credit:  P. Huey/Science Domestication is driven by small changes in many genes. Figure from companion paper, ‘On the origin of Peter Rabbit‘. Credit: P. Huey/Science The domestication of plants and animals many thousands of years ago revolutionised human societies and changed the course of history.

Have you ever wondered how this domestication occurs? What changes happen at a genetic level to make one animal tamer than another?

Rabbits were domesticated only 1,400 years ago at monasteries in southern France. They’re an excellent model for studying domestication because we know when and where they were domesticated, and also because wild populations still exist in the region.

I’m a bioinformatician at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) working as part of the Ensembl team. My team and I collaborated with researchers to understand what genetic changes took place when wild rabbits were domesticated.

The results of the consortium’s…

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Chasing the cause of chicken coccidiosis

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Blog

15 July 2014
By Adam Reid

Credit: Thegreenj, Wikipedia Commons Credit: Thegreenj, Wikipedia Commons Sequencing the genome of the chicken parasite Eimeria has uncovered a fascinating quirk and could help us to develop more cost-effective vaccines that will target all seven species of the parasite. Coccidiosis, the disease caused by Eimeria parasites, poses a major threat to food security as chickens are one of the most important sources of animal protein worldwide.

When we looked at the DNA of this parasite, we noticed that each chromosome had an ordered, barcode-like pattern of repetitive sections of DNA code. These repeats often occur within genes and it turns out that this parasite has the most repeat-rich genes ever described.

While these repeat-rich regions disrupt the majority of protein-coding sequences in the genome, we have every reason to believe they are beneficial to the parasite, as they have been present in the genome for millions of years…

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PRRS is the number 1 problem in swine production. But it can be controled. Using management, biosecurity and good vaccines.

The choice of the right vaccine, with the rigth strain and a correct vaccination programme is key for the succes in the prevention of the disease. Diagnostic tools are very important for taking decisions in a proper way, and always with the collaboration of the vet in charge of the farm.

Unistrain PRRS