Milk. You’re familiar with it. It makes the world’s lucrative coffee and breakfast markets go ’round. Having no milk in the house for morning cereal, or coffee, or lattes, can amount to a small crisis. Yet, about 10 years ago, Canada’s dairy industry almost experienced a real crisis when the fertility of dairy cattle began to drop–dramatically. The catastrophe was circumvented by using something called the decoded cow genome to radically change the way dairy cattle are selected for breeding. We have milk for our coffee, tea, and cereal 10 years on, and we have genomics to thank for it.
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