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Animal reproductive biology

Edited by: Professor Fuller Bazer
for Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology

Regarding animal agriculture, reproductive efficiency is a major limitation in many cases to economic success of the livestock enterprise. In this Special Issue devoted to reproductive biology, the papers present results from very basic discovery research that advances understanding of cross-talk between the uterus and conceptus in swine and ruminants and rodents to translational research and technological advances that enhance efficiencies and success of strategies for reproductive management of breeding programs. The findings represent contributions of research with livestock species that are relevant to both animal agriculture and to the biomedical community as small human babies tend to suffer from adult onset of metabolic diseases.

  1. Review

    Early pregnancy in the horse revisited – does exception prove the rule?

    Early equine pregnancy shares many features with that of more intensively assessed domestic animals species, but there are also characteristic differences. Some of those are poorly understood. Descent of the e...

    Christine Aurich and Sven Budik

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:50

    Published on: 2 December 2015

  2. Review

    Factors controlling nutrient availability to the developing fetus in ruminants

    Inadequate delivery of nutrients results in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), which is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in livestock. In ruminants, inadequate nutrition during pregnanc...

    Kathrin A Dunlap, Jacob D Brown, Ashley B Keith and M Carey Satterfield

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:16

    Published on: 11 April 2015

  3. Review

    Cytokines from the pig conceptus: roles in conceptus development in pigs

    Establishment of pregnancy in pigs involves maintaining progesterone secretion from the corpora lutea in addition to regulating a sensitive interplay between the maternal immune system and attachment of the ra...

    Rodney D Geisert, Matthew C Lucy, Jeffrey J Whyte, Jason W Ross and Daniel J Mathew

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2014 5:51

    Published on: 7 November 2014

  4. Review

    Epigenetics and transgenerational inheritance in domesticated farm animals

    Epigenetics provides a molecular mechanism of inheritance that is not solely dependent on DNA sequence and that can account for non-Mendelian inheritance patterns. Epigenetic changes underlie many normal devel...

    Amanda Feeney, Eric Nilsson and Michael K Skinner

    Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2014 5:48

    Published on: 23 October 2014