chapter  13
12 Pages

National Bovine Genomics Projects: Present Status, Future Directions, and Why They Are Important

A Brief History of Genetics and Its Impact on Animal Agriculture....................166 What is a Genetic Map and How Is It Helpful?...................................................168

Linkage Maps ............................................................................................168 Physical Maps............................................................................................169 Genome Sequence .....................................................................................170

The Benefits of Gene Maps to the Beef Industry.................................................171 Comparative Mapping and the Value of Whole Genome Sequence from the Human and Mouse .................................................................................172 What Are the Likely Outcomes of a Federally Funded Animal Genome Initiative?.................................................................................................173 Why Is More Federal Support Needed for Animal Genome Studies?.................173 What Additional Steps Are Needed if the Genome Revolution Is to Be Successful? ..............................................................................................174 References..............................................................................................................174