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The future of livestock genomics

Funded under: FP7-KBBE


With the publication of the Animal Genomics Blueprint by USDA, and the development of a strategic research agenda for Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction in the EU, this workshop comes at an important time for farm animal genomics. Animal genomics is prioritised as part of the theme “Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology” within the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (2007-2013) and, in the US, the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative (2008) stresses the importance of targeting “…investments toward the development of deeper understanding of complex biological systems…” Farm animal genomics clearly has an important role, not just in supporting agriculture as a source of food, but as a tool that directly affects human wellbeing - either, by producing healthier foods from animals, as a resource of comparative data, or as a means of generating new medical breakthroughs. To fulfil its role, it needs to have access to the right tools for research and application, and many of these will come from collaboration between researchers. This workshop has highlighted some of the key issue, the tools that are needed, and the advantages of US-EC collaboration. Exchange of information on funding available on both sides of the Atlantic will also be important to developing this collaboration.
This initiative forms one of a broad range of initiatives taken by the EC-US Task Force on biotechnology research, and we look forward to future developments in the field.

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Authors: BURFENING P, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);CLAXTON J, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);GREEN R, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);WARKUP C (Editors), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22000 EN (2007), 32 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-22000-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-00793-9
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