Researchers in the Michigan State University’s Department of Animal Science are able to take steps toward controlling some of the most economically damaging animal diseases thanks in large part to the MSU Center for Animal Functional Genomics. The center was established in 2002.
“Functional genomics provides a peek into the ‘DNA black box’ by linking a trait or characteristic, such as disease resistance or milk production, with specific genes. These findings yield new knowledge about physiological functions such as milk secretion, immune response, digestion and metabolism at the cell level,” explains Paul Coussens, director of the CAFG. “This is done by determining which genes are turned on or off in specific types of cells as a result of treatments, physiological changes or environmental conditions.”

Learn more about the center and what it has accomplished.

Source: Michigan State University