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Genome analysis:
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Genome analysis: In silico
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comparative analysis
Plant Molecular and
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graphical element Genome Mapping and Improvement
of Farm Animal Selection
Somatic Gene Therapy
Immunology and
Transdisease Vaccinology
In vitro alternatives
to animal experiments
in pharmaco-toxicology
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graphical elementChapter 3-2-1
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Genome Mapping and Improvement of Farm Animal Selection

    graphical element The ability to choose selectively and to breed farm animals of superior quality would lead to great economic rewards for European breeders and farmers. How does a breeder know, however, which animals to choose? Having a genetic map of all the economically-important traits would greatly aid breeders in making this selection. Projects in this area of Biotech 2 research are focused on improving techniques for selecting animals by mapping the genomes of farm animals of importance in agriculture and fisheries. Also included are projects which exploit previously established farm animal maps to improve genetic selection. Better dissemination and accessibility of this information will help European farmers remain at the forefront of breeding technology.
Projects list (graphical element)
  Optimal is best  
  Transferring QTL technology to the pig breeding industry (PigQTech) - a demonstration project