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Systems biology and livestock production.

Authors
  • Headon, D1
  • 1 The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH25 9RG, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2013
Volume
7
Issue
12
Pages
1959–1963
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1751731113000980
PMID: 23759380
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The mapping of complete sets of genes, transcripts and proteins from many organisms has prompted the development of new '-omic' technologies for collecting and analysing very large amounts of data. Now that the tools to generate and interrogate such complete data sets are widely used, much of the focus of biological research has begun to turn towards understanding systems as a whole, rather than studying their components in isolation. This very broadly defined systems approach is being deployed across a range of problems and scales of organisation, including many aspects of the animal sciences. Here I review selected examples of this systems approach as applied to poultry and livestock production, product quality and welfare.

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