WHAT IS GENE EDITING?
August 7, 2021
By Diane Broek I am often asked if livestock cloning is used for other purposes than the production of rockstar cattle, pigs, sheep, or goats who excel in the show ring or are high genomic animals. The answer is yes, it is. Cloning is often used in tandem with Gene Editing to produce animals that exhibit traits of importance for animal health, well-being, and/or better production. Examples of such traits include polled or hornless animals, disease-resistant animals, tropically adapted animals, and animals with increased muscle. Additionally, genetically edited animals have been produced for biopharmaceutical purposes or they can serve as…