Enviropig Featured on CNN, DNA Barcoding, Food Profs Make Headlines

September 27, 2010 - In the News

U of G’s Enviropig, the first transgenic animal created to solve an environmental problem, was featured in a CNN news report on Sunday. A CNN news crew flew to Guelph last week to interview Prof. Rich Moccia, associate vice-president (research) and a professor of animal and poultry science, about the technology and its environmental benefits. CNN is broadcast to 100 million U.S. households and to more than 212 countries and territories around the world. In addition, CTV.ca news ran a story about the Enviropig that featured Prof. Cecil Forsberg, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, one of the scientists who created the technology. The U of G research has been attracting increased media and public interest lately because of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s action on genetically modified Atlantic salmon. Enviropigs are genetically modified so that they can use a normally indigestible form of phosphorus in feed grains.

The official launch of the University of Guelph-based International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) was featured in Sunday’s Toronto Star. iBOL is the world’s largest biodiversity genomics initiative aimed at creating a digital identification system of all life on Earth using DNA barcoding. The project launch included the CN Tower being illuminated to look like the world's biggest DNA barcode. The story featured integrative biology professor Paul Hebert, iBOL’s scientific director.

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois was quoted in Saturday’s Globe and Mail in an article about the quality of Canada’s food inspection system. An editorial column he wrote about the effects of the recent change in grain exports also appeared this weekend in the Windsor Star. Charlebois, a professor of food distribution and policies, recently joined the College of Management and Economics as associate dean of research.

Prof. John Cranfield, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was interviewed by the Canadian Press about rising food prices. The article featuring his comments was picked up by numerous newspapers around the country.

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