The advent of biotechnology has the potential to develop a variety of novel or better quality products for the treatment of a large number of diseases in livestock. In addition, as we understand more about the reproductive physiology of animals, the potential exists to dramatically increase the productivity of animals through better therapeutics and diagnostics for the control of many infectious diseases. Productivity can also be increased through animal breeding strategies including gene transfer, micromanipulation of embryos and gamete sex selection. As well as being a valuable reference to current knowledge in these areas, this first supplement to Comprehensive Biotechnology also looks at societal concerns over the use of antibiotics and chemical residues in meat and milk products, which are forcing biotechnologists to investigate more natural means of controlling infection by stimulating the animal's own immune system to combat infection. The identification of a variety of cytokines which are involved in regulating immune responses provides opportunities to use the animal's natural defence mechanisms to combat many infections or increase the animal's resistance to such infections. These approaches should provide tools for eventual elimination of specific diseases from counties, regions or whole continents.
For universities and similar institutions which have departments of agriculture, veterinary science, microbiology, etc.; pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnology companies; government and independent institutes where research into animal health is undertaken.
Synthetic peptides in animal health, F Brown & R H Bomford. Applications of monoclonal antibodies in animal health and reproduction, T J G Raybould. Vaccine production by recombinant DNA technology, C Y Kang. Recombinant cytokines and their potential therapeutic value in veterinary medicine, M J P Lawman et al. Nucleic acid hybridization: application to diagnosis of microbial infections and to genotype analysis, B J Beaty & J P Carlson. The micromanipulation of farm animal embryos, L Picard & K J Betteridge. Embryo and gamete sex selection, K L White. The incorporation of biotechnologies into animal breeding strategies, J P Gibson & C Smith. Gene transfer through embryo microinjection, K M Ebert. Index.
1000 lit. refs. approx., 50 illus. approx.
- © Pergamon 1989
- 31st August 1989
- eBook ISBN:
Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
University of Waterloo, Canada