August 19, 2014

The big questions: Possible limitations of genomic information

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During the 10th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Dr. Brian Kinghorn of  the University of New England gave a presentation on Monday about the potential impact genomic information could have on genetic change.

The presentation addressed 4 major questions about what genomic information can reveal.

  1. To what extent does nuclear DNA dictate genetic merit of the host individual?
  2. To what extent does nuclear DNA dictate transmissible genetic merit of the host individual?
  3. To what extent can genomic information inform us about the genetic merit of the host individual?
  4. To what extent can genomic information inform us about the transmissible genetic merit of the host individual?

In addition to these four questions, Kinghorn talked about whether or not the ideal genotype could be predicted.

Read the answers he provided to these questions in the proceeding paper titled “Beyond Genomic Selection.”