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Vet. Sci. 2016, 3(3), 21; doi:10.3390/vetsci3030021

Genomic Tools and Animal Health

School of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo RS 99052, Brazil
Academic Editor: Patrick Butaye
Received: 13 June 2016 / Revised: 7 July 2016 / Accepted: 9 August 2016 / Published: 7 September 2016
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Abstract

Animals have been selected to improve their productivity in order to increase the profitability to the producer. In this scenario, not much attention was given to health traits. As a consequence of that, selection was made for animals with higher production and a shortened productive life. In addition to that, the intense production system used in livestock has forced animals to be exposed to higher pathogen loads, therefore predisposing them to infections. Infectious diseases are known to be caused by micro-organisms that are able to infect and colonize the host, affecting their physiological functions and causing problems in their production and on animal welfare. Even with the best management practices, diseases are still the most important cause of economic losses in the animal industry. In this review article we have addressed the new tools that could be used to select animals to better cope with diseases and pathogens. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal health; GWAS; genomic selection; infectious diseases animal health; GWAS; genomic selection; infectious diseases
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