Archive for November, 2018

Cattle genetics patent ‘makes no sense’

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Leading cattle genetics researcher Professor Heather Burrow, from the University of New England at Armidale.BEEF producers have launched high level legal proceedings to halta brazen bid by North American giants Cargill USA and Branhaven LLC to patent established cattle genetic selection techniques.
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The granting of a broad Australian patent covering cattle selection methods that include genomic information will add significant costs to both ongoing research in the field and industry uptake of the game-changing technology, according to producer and science leaders.

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA),on behalf of producer levy payers, will appeal the decision by the Australian Patent Office (APO) in the Federal Court of Australia, with a hearing date set for 2017.

MLA’s managing director Richard Norton reported on the legal battle at the organisations’ annual general meeting this month in South Australia, saying if allowed to proceed to grant, the Cargill/Branhaven patent would affect the use of most DNA-associated genetic tests in the industry.

Leading cattle genetics researcher Professor Heather Burrow, from the University of New England at Armidale,said Australia and the US had collaboratively led the way with genomics research in cattle.

Prof Burrow is the former chief executive officer of Beef CRC, where beef genomics research began more than 20 years ago using cattle measurements that today underpins Australia’s world-leading quality assurance program Meat Standards Australia.

She said in five to ten years, it should be cost effective to test every seedstock and commercial animal in Australia as early as possible in life and to match the animal’s genomic information with the requirements of the most lucrative, premium beef markets.

“If genomic information can be routinely linked with NLIS (National Livestock Identification System) tags, this would provide the mechanism for feedlotters, processors and retailers to target those animals early in life and to provide incentives for producers to manage production to meet high-end market requirements,” she said.

That adds up to the most professional, elite, efficient and profitable beef industry possible.

“Australia is the only country in the world capable, at the moment, of setting up a value chain like that – totally focused on profitably and efficiency,” Prof Burrow said.

“The reason for that is we have NLIS, we have MSA that enables our producers to guarantee beef eating quality for both domestic and international consumers and we also have the genomic results that have been, and continue to be, delivered in direct collaboration with the best researchers in the world.

“This represents the core of science underpinning value based marketing and Australia’s efforts to target premium beef markets.

“Researchers have been deliberately targeting meat eating quality for the past 20 to 30 years in recognition of the fact Australia is an export-orientated beef producer and does not have the cattle numbers to compete on volume.”

Prof Burrow said it currently costs on average around $50 for an animal to be DNA-tested, with high-density SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism or DNA marker) panels and full genome sequence costing up to $1000.

However, research is ongoing to create lower density marker panels that will make it cost-effective for application in commercial as well as seedstock cattle.

What the patent will mean, if not revoked, is that Cargill USA and Branhaven can charge a licence fee for anybody using the 2500 odd SNPs included in its patent bid.

That will significantly increase the cost of testing for both industry application and research.

Prof Burrow said to achieve the full benefit of the technology, and provide through-chain incentives, as many animals as possible should be tested.

Where she sees an even larger impact of the patent, however, is in developing countries, where genomics has the ability to, in effect, skip a level of technology in livestock breeding and management.

“This has occurred, for example in many African countries where availability of mobile phones means there is no longer a need to establish land-line communication systems,” she said.

“At the moment, this patent application is only for Australia but its success here would encourage broader application – and it would definitely impact on the current research collaborations between Australia and several African countries.

“If applied in African countries, the patent would mean research is no longer feasible and application would probably need to be deferred until the patent expired. That would have a big effect on global food security.”

Researchers have expressed astonishment at the APO’s awarding of the patent in May on two grounds.

Firstly, the approval to patent DNA markers which, in the case of human breast cancer genes, Australia’s High Court deemed could not be patented because they are “naturally occurring variants” rather than inventive discoveries.

Secondly, because the horse has already bolted since the application of genomic SNPs in conjunction with trait information has been ongoing in beef and dairy cattle in Australia for the past 10 to 15 years.

“This would make it very difficult to retrospectively enforce the application of the patent through genomic selection in Australia or other countries,” Prof Burrow said.

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Clare junior tennis tournamentPHOTOS

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Clare junior tennis tournament | PHOTOS Winner under 14 Girls singles Robyn Coles with Kym Phelps from major sponsor Clare Sportspower.
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Winners Under 14 Girls Doubles consolation Chloe Goodwin and Clodagh Barry with Gayle Barry representing PhysioClare.

Under 12 Girls doubles runner up Ellie Johnson and Isabel Price with Gayle Barry PhysioClare.

Under 12 Doubles winners Maia Mulholland and Emily Nordhausen with Gayle Barry PhysioClare.

Under 12 boys doubles runner up Fred Barry and Tom Mitchell with Gary Price from Blind It.

TweetFacebookResultsUnder 16 Boys Singles Winner Jack Cockington, R/up Ben Parkinson, Consolation Max PriceUnder 16 Boys Doubles Winners Ben Parkinson/Lewis Cowhan, R/Up Jaymen Burmeister/Will PittUnder 16 Girls Singles Winner Kristen Coles,R/Up Gemma Rudduck, Consolation Lydia SandersUnder 16 Girls Doubles Winners Kristen Coles/ Lucy Dare ,R/Up Abby Griffiths/Kate Molineux Consolation Ella Cornwell/Sarah GillUnder 14 Boys Singles Winner Henry Hawker,R/Up Patrick Nugent, Consolation Joel BertelsmeierUnder 14 Boys Doubles Winners Henry Hawker /Patrick Nugent, R/Up Harry Redden/Wes Paulett, Consolation Hayden Schultz/Taylor BradleyUnder 14 Girls Singles Winner Robyn Coles, R/Up Hannah Hooper, Consolation Mackenzie JohnsonUnder 14 Girls Doubles Winners Robyn Coles/Hannah Rimmer,R/Up Hannah Hooper/Molly Edmondson,Consolation Clodagh Barry/Chloe GoodwinUnder 12 Boys Singles Winner Chris Hooper R/Up William Hawker, Consolation James StockmanUnder 12 Boys Doubles Winners William Hawker/James Stockman, R/Up Colby Ackland/Tim Lovell, Consolation Jack Stockman/Jack WeckertUnder 12 Girls Singles Winner Maia Mulholland, R/Up Aimee TreloarUnder 12 Girls Doubles Winners Maia Mulholland/Emily Nordhausen R/Up Ellie Johnson/Isabel PriceUnder 10 Boys Singles Winner Henry MacLachlan R/Up Lenni Rodwell Consolation Harry MastermanUnder 10 Boys Doubles Winners Harry Masterman/Lenni Rodwell, R/up Fred Barry/Tom MitchellUnder 10 Girls Singles Winner Emily Nordhausen,R/Up Zoe RodwellThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训.

Aiming high at Westminster

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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A GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Students with talent in a number of fields have the potential to be offered a scholarship at Westminster School. Applications close in February.

Scholarships for student entry in 2018 are now open to applicants from all regions of South Australia.

WestminsterSchool awards a range of scholarships annually to talented students entering Years 7 to 12 in the year on offer.

The successful applicants will have at least fulfilled the specific criteria applicable to each scholarship.

Applications for Years 7 and 8 academic scholarships, awarded on the basis of anAustralian Cooperative Entry Program (ACEP)examination, close Thursday, January 19, 2017.

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Interviews for shortlisted applicants will then be arranged and conducted either at the School or via online connection or telephone.

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tafeSA’s pathway to professional success

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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EXPANDING YOUR SKILL SET: The TAFE SA Course Guide offers opportunities for South Australians to develop new skills to enhance their career prospects.

tafeSA has released its 2017 Course Guide, with more than 400 courses providing inspiration for first-time job seekers or professional development opportunities.

The Course Guide provides a multitude of opportunities for South Australians to develop new skills to enhance their employment and career prospects.

It features Dr Kristin Carson, a tafeSA graduate who attributes her capacity to pursue and fulfil her goals as a medical research scientist to the grounding she received while studying with tafeSA.

Kristin has since earned a PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide and was able to do so directly from tafeSA.

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Prince Alfred CollegeSacred Heart CollegeSeymour CollegeSaint Peter’s CollegetafeSAUniversity of South AustraliaWestminster SchoolWalford Anglican School for GirlsNow a senior medical research scientist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, she is involved in more than 70 research projects aimed at improving health and combatting disease.

Kristin is also working with the Port Adelaide Football Club on a program that encourages children to embrace healthy lifestyles.

Kristin saidthe skills and advice she obtained through her studies at tafeSA largely contributed to her success.

“My lecturers encouraged me to get work really quickly, because it’s a way to gain on-the-job, practical skills,” she said.

“tafeSA also taught me passion. I love being able to make a difference.”

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Printed copies are available at your local tafeSA campus, job and employment services providers, Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Centrelink offices, schools and universities.

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Walford girls take off to Space Camp

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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GOING EXPLORING: A trip to the United States is among the activities planned for students at Walford in 2018. Pictured are Lucy, Jess, Kai, Korapin, Grace and Grace.

Commencing next year, Walford students will have the opportunity to explore the mental, emotional and physical demands of being an astronaut at NASA’s Space Camp in the USA.

The once-in-a-lifetime trip has been particularly popular amongboarding students who are looking forward to learning about space stations and mission control.

They will design and test a virtual reality Mars rover and participate in a low gravity simulation.

Students will also explore the history of US space travel at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral.

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Prince Alfred CollegeSacred Heart CollegeSeymour CollegeSaint Peter’s CollegetafeSAUniversity of South AustraliaWestminster SchoolWalford Anglican School for GirlsWhilst there, they will experience a simulated shuttle launch, walk through a full-scale space shuttle and have lunch with a NASA astronaut.

Students will also enjoy other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-based learning experiences including participating in an exclusive ride design program at Universal Studios, and visits to the world’s largest and highest-energy laser system, and Google headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Walford Principal Rebecca Clarke is excited about the opportunity.

“Walford is committed to providing opportunities for girls to try new activities and to excel across a range of endeavours,” she said.

“We are pleased that our students’ interest in STEM continues to grow and are excited to offer such a wonderful opportunity.”

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