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CAST Analyses Productivity and Genetic Diversity

by 5m Editor
21 August 2009, at 11:17a.m.

US - The Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has released a new scientific paper detailing the productivity and genetic diversity of cloned and transgenic animals.

The new CAST paper, 'Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals', discusses two of the most recent reproductive technologies used to improve agronomic traits in livestock.

One main limitation to the further development and use of these technologies has been the lack of public acceptance.

The eight-member international Task Force of this new Issue Paper suggests that the government develop a regulatory process that addresses consumers' apprehension while offering realistic expectations of biotechnology.

The authors address topics including the cloning of farm animals for breeding and direct food consumption; disease resistance in transgenic animals; and the use of transgenics for improved food safety and quality, decreased environmental impact and increased production efficiency.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.