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USDA Sets Aside $5M to Fund Whole-Genome Livestock-Breeding Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Department of Agriculture will set aside $5 million in grants next year to enable researchers to study how whole genome-scanning methods can help livestock breeders predict what an animal’s physical makeup will be, and what genes it will pass on to its offspring.
 
The four-year grant, which is to be funded under the USDA’s Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service, is aimed at arming livestock breeders to predict an animal’s “genetic merit as a potential future parent,” CSREES said in a statement.
 
"The goal of this project is to move animal genome science from the laboratory to the field and the marketplace and, in the process, solve real world problems," Gale Buchanan, USDA under secretary for Research, Education and Economics, said in a statement.
 
"Genomics promises to revolutionize the field of animal science and promote low cost, high-tech tools for animal breeders," Peter Burfening, who is a CSREES national program leader for animal genomics, said in the statement.
 
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