Animal Biotechnology: Science-Based Concerns by Debra Davis

By Debra Davis

Genetic-based animal biotechnology has produced new nutrition and pharmaceutical items and grants many extra advances to profit humankind. those intriguing clients are observed by way of huge unease, even if, approximately concerns equivalent to protection and ethics. This booklet identifies science-based and policy-related issues approximately animal biotechnology - key matters that needs to be resolved prior to the hot breakthroughs can succeed in their power. The e-book encompasses a brief heritage of the sphere and gives comprehensible definitions of phrases like cloning. taking a look at applied sciences at the close to horizon, the authors speak about what we all know and what we worry approximately their results - the inadvertent unlock of harmful microorganisms, the protection of goods derived from biotechnology, the impression of genetically engineered animals on their setting. as well as those issues, the ebook explores animal welfare matters, and our societal and institutional ability to regulate and control the know-how and its items. This obtainable quantity can be very important to every body drawn to the consequences of using animal biotechnology.

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The variability and subtly of response makes assessment difficult. Unexpected phenotypic effects—especially on behavioral traits of genetically altered animals—might occur. Work with knockout and cloned mice has demonstrated, in some instances, elevated levels of aggression and impairment of learning and motor tasks, suggesting additional studies of cloned livestock are warranted. Although there generally are fewer potential animal welfare concerns associated with the production of transgenic farm animals for biomedical purposes than for agricultural purposes, some concerns remain.

Between 1940 and 1994, yearly egg production per laying hen increased from 134 to 254, mainly as a result genetic selection. , 1999). 8 kilogram. , 1999) on about half the amount of feed (Lacy, 2000). Scientific breeding, combined with better nutrition and veterinary care, clearly has produced breeds of animals that are remarkably productive, although sometimes strikingly different in habits and appearance from those farmed early in the twentieth century. The practice has also led to a loss of many breeds of livestock and fowl, and a decline in genetic diversity within the breeds that survive.

Some people, irrespective of the application of the technology, consider genetic engineering of animals fundamentally unethical. Others, however, hold that the ethical significance of animal biotechnologies must derive from the risks and 14 ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY: SCIENCE-BASED CONCERNS benefits to people, the animals, and/or the environment. Yet another view focuses on the right of humans to know what they are eating or how their food or pharmaceuticals are being produced, and therefore labeling becomes an issue to be addressed.

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