A CRISPR Bite, Episode 5 : "Cattle"

Last changed: 30 October 2023

Release date: 25 October 2023.

Hornless cattle were once the poster animals for a gene-editing revolution, until the FDA found a pesky mistake in their DNA. In this episode, we go to a California research farm to talk to the scientist at the heart of the controversy over gene-edited animals and to explore unintended consequences.

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A CRISPR Bite is supported by the Jean Monnet Network, which is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through the GEAP-3 Network of scientists. This podcast does not reflect the views of our funders. 

This podcast was co-written and hosted by Dr. Lauren Crossland-Marr. Our executive producer is Corinne Ruff. She co-wrote, edited and produced the show. Jonah Goldberg reported and co-wrote this episode. Jake Harper and Willow Belden edited this episode. The show was sound designed and engineered by Adriene Lilly. Aaron Crossland made our theme music. Maya Tsingos fact checked this episode. And Rachael Marr designed our logo. 

Thank you to the GEAP-3 team! Special thanks to Matthew Schnurr, Klara Fischer, and Glenn Stone for their support and advice on this podcast. 



  • Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis
  • Dr. Alexis L. Norris, Division of Animal Bioengineering and Cellular Therapies Center for Veterinary Medicine, The Food and Drug Administration


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The podcast series A CRISPR bite, is part of the research project GEAP3 - Public Perception Hub (GEAP3 - Genome Editing and Agricultural Policy, Practice, and Public Perceptions - an international social science research consortium that explores how key developments in gene editing are framed and governed, with particular focus on agriculture development and social justice).

Link to the Public Perception Hub project webpage: https://wwww.slu.se/geap3 

Link to the GEAP3 website: https://www.geap3.com/

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