Monday, May 7, 2007


we didn't have much time in class to discuss 'nutrigenomics' (who are hosting, btw, a symposium in honor of one of my alltime science heroes -- Bruce Ames!). In any case, it is an emerging trend in both human medicine and animal agriculture.

So ...

Is the Feed Industry Ready for the Gene Chip?

May 07 2007 - Nutrigenomics has been defined as the effect of gene expression on nutrition.

It is a case of weird science, or are individual à la carte animal diets that ‘feed the gene’ on their way?

To debate the concept, Feedinfo News Service bought together Dr. Inge Russell, professor of yeast biotechnology and fermentation at the University of Western Ontario and Editor of 'Critical Reviews in Biotechnology'; Dr. Bill Close, a professor of pig nutrition who runs an independent consultancy in the UK; and Alltech’s director of research, Doctor Karl Dawson.

Listen to audio highlights from the debate by clicking on each of the chapters below. You’ll need some mp3-compatible software to play each excerpt. Alternatively, use a right click to save the link to your hard disk/mp3 player and listen at your leisure.
  1. Where we began: selenium (Dawson, 1’51”)
  2. Why yeast is key to understanding the gene (Russell, 1’11”)
  3. Using biomarkers to evaluate next-generation products (Dawson, 0’40”)
  4. Explaining variations in animal production parameters – are you seeing ‘diagnostic’ Nutrigenomics gaining ground? (Close, 1’04”)
  5. ‘The payback is staggering’ – How Nutrigenomics enables us to understand the effect of inorganic selenium use (Close, 2’15”)
  6. A tool for making better sense of field observations in animal performance (Dawson, 2’10”)
  7. Better products faster - Reducing new product time to market using a Nutrigenomics approach (Russell, 0’49”)
  8. How do I sell it? (Close, 1’28” )
  9. Is there an impact on amino acid use? (Close, 0’36”)
  10. The Custom Diet – An example of dairy forage and gene expression (Dawson, 2’03”)
  11. Cost-effective gene chip production and the concept of trust (Russell, 1’25”)
  12. Is the feed industry ready to embrace the chip? (Close, 0’40”)
  13. Realising the animal’s full potential (Close, 2’20”)
  14. Positive environmental impact (Close, 0’44”)
  15. How Nutrigenomics brings the bigger picture to feed formulation (Russell, 0’47”)
  16. How far away is Nutrigenomics? (Russell, Close, 1’00”)
  17. A practical example – Nutrigenomics antioxidants and oxydated stress (Dawson, 1’26”)
  18. Producing an extra kilo of milk per day (Dawson, 0’40”)
  19. What are the cost benefits (Dawson, 1’17”)
  20. Nutrigenomics is indicative of how research has moved into the corporate domain (Close, 0’56”)
  21. Then and Now - parallels between nutrigenomics and synthetic amino acid development 20 years ago (Close, 0’54”)
  22. Nutrigenomics and higher amino acid use (Close, Dawson, 1’37”)
  23. Jumping from Nutrigenomics in breeding to nutrigenomics in nutrition (Dawson, 1’32”)
  24. Ethanol: Nutrigenomics can help evaluate feed ingredients that will take the place of corn (Dawson, Close, 1’50”)
  25. How long until the genotype dictates the diet - a prediction (Russell, Close, 2’00”)
a half-hour (or so) well spent.

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