“Perdue Farmssaysit has ditched the common practice of injecting antibiotics into eggs that are just about to hatch. And public health advocates are cheering. They’ve been campaigning against the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, arguing that it’s adding to the plague of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
This particular use of antibiotics is ubiquitous but little-known. It happens at hatcheries, which lie at the heart of large-scale chicken production.”
“The only window into our mysterious inner menagerie is poop. And that’s not an easy thing to track.
“I vividly remember the first time I did it because it smelled really bad,” David, now an assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University, says about the sample collection process. “I didn’t think I was going to make it through the full year after the first day—I almost threw up.” Eventually he got used to the smells, but the endeavor was far from easy. “It was tiring,” he says.”
“Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she’s like many teenagers around the world. Except she’s not, because every cell in Alana’s body isn’t like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people.”