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K-State Today

April 17, 2018

Science on Tap: 23 and Moo — Genetics and Livestock Improvement

By Michi Toblerq

Held in a relaxed setting, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The goal is to build our community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The free, interactive program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

Ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, My Heritage and Family Tree DNA are all services that people can use to trace their genetic heritage and shine light on genetic health risks and traits. Some form of DNA is put in a tube, sent to a lab, and results show up in the mail a few weeks later, showing someone where they come from or what health risks they may be vulnerable to. Tools very similar to what these services use for humans have also been developed for cattle and are used every day to help cattle producers select better animals. At this month's Science on Tap, Megan Rolf, assistant professor in the animal sciences and industry department, will cover how genomics are used for genetic improvement in livestock. So, instead of 23 and Me, think 23 and Moo.

Science on Tap features a short introduction to the scientists' research, time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented, then the event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period.

Science on Tap is organized through a partnership with the Graduate School, the Center for Engagement and Community Development, Sunset Zoo and Tallgrass Tap House.

Science on Tap will relaunch in fall 2018. Stay tuned for announcements.

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