The TJ Tabasco genome story: A porcine blueprint for agriculture, life and biomedical Sciences

L.B. Schook

Dr. Lawrence B. Schook, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Animal Sciences and Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, spoke regarding how pigs have shared their domesticated history with man and as omnivores, they share many biological and physiological similarities with humans. The use of next generation genomic sequencing is providing opportunities to retrace the domestication of pigs from their wild ancestors and to elucidate how food and the environment affect human behavior and health. Dr. Schook's lecture shared how an Illinois pig (TJ Tabasco) is providing the genome information to unravel the domestication process and interactions between nature and our health.