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National Animal Germplasm Program

The United States contains a broad array of livestock genetic resources that have been used by the livestock industry to improve production efficiency and increase food security. The National Animal Germplasm Program provides genetic security and increased understanding of these livestock populations for industry and research community use. The diagram below illustrates the major components of the program (information systems, genetic evaluation, and cryobiology) as well as the broad array of national and international collaborators that work with us in acquiring germplasm or tissue samples that are secured by the program. These broader connections, like the NAGP Species Committees, are essential for capturing and assessing genetic variability. In addition this program interacts with international organizations in discussing policies concerning animal genetic diversity on a global scale and developing standardized methods for establishing and operating gene banks for livestock species. 

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