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Alison Van Eenennaam

Alison Van Eenennaam is an animal geneticist and Professor of Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis where she leads the Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory. She has served on national committees such as the USDA National Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century (AC21) and was awarded the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Among her achievements include work on genome editing in cattle to alter the sex ratio of the calf drop, and introduce the hornless allele at the polled gene in Holstein dairy cattle. She knows the potential for applying gene-editing techniques to make improvements in food-animal production largely hinges on future regulatory processes, and will be very much influenced by the public narrative around the use of this technology in food.

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