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Improvements in animal agriculture through genomic editing

Improvements in animal agriculture through gene editing © rolffimages / FotoliaThis thematic series was published in
CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.

CABI Agriculture and Bioscience

Guest Edited by: Peter J Hansen1
1 University of Florida, USA

Aims and Scope: Genetic improvement has been a key driver of changes in efficiency and sustainability of animal production. Improved knowledge of the genomes of animals used for food production and new technologies for precise modifications of DNA through gene editing have created new approaches for genetic improvement. Gene editing is being used to improve animal welfare, health and productivity in a wide variety of mammals, birds and fish used for food production. The totality of uses of gene editing for animal agriculture and the consequences of gene editing for animal health and well-being, are not well understood by scientists and professionals involved in animal production. Moreover, gene editing has been met with skepticism by important segments of the public, in part because of lack of knowledge of the underlying technology and its ramifications for animal agriculture. This thematic series aimed to address the lack of current research.

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Articles published in this collection:

  1. Genetic modification of animals via selective breeding is the basis for modern agriculture. The current breeding paradigm however has limitations, chief among them is the requirement for the beneficial trait t...

    Authors: Kristin M. Whitworth, Jonathan A. Green, Bethany K. Redel, Rodney D. Geisert, Kiho Lee, Bhanu P. Telugu, Kevin D. Wells and Randall S. Prather
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:41
  2. Gene-editing holds promise as a new technique for growth promotion in livestock, especially in the face of increased opposition to traditional methods of growth promotion like feed additives. However, to date,...

    Authors: A. C. Dilger, X. Chen, L. T. Honegger, B. M. Marron and J. E. Beever
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:36
  3. Animal agriculture faces unprecedented challenges, including the need to increase productivity to meet increasing demands for high quality protein while combating increasing pest and disease pressures, improvi...

    Authors: Diane Wray-Cahen, Anastasia Bodnar, Caird Rexroad III, Frank Siewerdt and Dan Kovich
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:21
  4. Genetic improvement of cattle around the globe has been, and will continue to be, an important driver of animal agriculture sustainability. There are several reproductive and molecular biotechnologies that are...

    Authors: Maci L. Mueller and Alison L. Van Eenennaam
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:13
  5. With external fertilization, high fecundity, and established methods for propagation and larval rearing for cultured species, fish provide systems well suited to genome-editing procedures. While early experime...

    Authors: Eric Hallerman
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2021 2:46