This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the Avian Genomics Conference and Gene Ontology Annotation Workshop
USDA animal genomics program: the view from the chicken coop
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BMC Genomics 2009, 10(Suppl 2):S1 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-S2-S1Published: 14 July 2009
In 2007, the USDA Animal Genomics Strategic Planning Task Force prepared a Blueprint to direct national needs for future research, education, and extension efforts in agricultural animal genomics. This plan is entitled "Blueprint for USDA Efforts in Agricultural Animal Genomics 2008–2017". The Blueprint is reviewed from the perspective of a molecular biologist working within the poultry breeding industry. The diverse species used in animal agriculture require different tools, resources and technologies for their improvement. The specific requirements for chickens are described in this report.