This book describes and evaluates animal biotechlogy and its application in veterinary medicine and pharmaceuticals as well as improvement in animal food production. Transgenic techlogies are used for improving milk production and the meat in farm animals as well as for creating models of human diseases. Transgenic animals are used for the production of proteins for human medical use. Biotechlogy is applied to facilitate xetransplantation from animals to humans. Genetic engineering is done in farm animals and nuclear transfer techlogy has become an important and preferred method for cloning animals. Biotechlogy has potential applications in the management of several animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, avian flue and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The most important biotechlogy based products consist of vaccines, particularly genetically engineered or DNA vaccines. Gene therapy for diseases of pet animals is a fast developing area because many of the techlogies used in clinical trials humans were developed in animals and many of the diseases of cats and dogs are similar to those in humans. RNA interference techlogy is w being applied for research in veterinary medicine. Molecular diagsis is assuming an important place in veterinary practice. Polymerase chain reaction and its modifications are considered to be important. Fluorescent in situ hybridization and enzyme-linked immusorbent assays are also widely used. Newer biochip-based techlogies and biosensors are also finding their way in veterinary diagstics. This book is an attempt to unravel the mysteries of biotechlogy as it affects animal health and production.
M.C. Sharma, S. K. Jindal
New India Publishing Agency
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Engineering & Technology: Textbooks & Study Guides