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By Committee on Defining Science-Based Concerns Associated with Products of Animal Biotechnology

This booklet identifies science-based and policy-related matters approximately animal biotechnology that has to be resolved ahead of breakthroughs in genetic-based animal biotechnology can succeed in their power. After a quick historical past of the sphere and definitions of phrases, the publication describes what's recognized and what's feared approximately rising applied sciences and questions regarding the inadvertent liberate of harmful microorganisms, the security of goods derived from biotechnology, and the impression of genetically engineered animals on their setting. there's additionally dialogue of animal welfare issues and society's means to control and deal with expertise.

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2 are quite relevant to those listed in Box 1-3. , commercialization of transgenic fish) are undergoing government review for commercial approval. It is these newer technologies on which this report is focused. 3. CONCERNS REGARDING EXTANT TECHNOLOGIES Animal Health There are well-established guidelines for the application of technologies that maintain animal health, such as standard vaccination against viral and bacterial diseases. Indeed considerable efforts are being made to expand the Copyright © 2003 National Academy of Sciences.

A concern that has not been extensively examined so far is whether these hormones pose any sort of environmental threat through their leaching into soil and water. , 2001). Copyright © 2003 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. edu) for research purposes are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Distribution, posting, or copying is strictly prohibited without written permission of the NAP. html 28 ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY: SCIENCE-BASED CONCERNS Bovine Somatotropin The use of bovine somatotropin (BST) to increase milk yield from dairy cows has had a similar checkered history and is the subject of trade disputes.

2000), have generated genetically-engineered sheep carrying a mutated collagen gene, and have suggested that such animals could serve as models for the human connective tissue disease osteogenesis imperfecta. The development of such technologies and others yet to be conceived and their incorporation into agricultural and biomedical practice raises concerns about whether the end products can be consumed safely, whether there are likely to be unwanted effects on the environment, and whether animal welfare will be adversely affected.

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