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Research Project: Implementation of a Genomics Database for Cattle and Other Livestock

Location: Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation

Project Number: 3012-31000-006-14-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2016
End Date: Jul 31, 2020

Objective:
Implement the newly developed genomic database which is capable of storing various types and amounts of genomic data. Such a database will fill the need for long term data storage capabilities throughout the livestock research community and industry. Genomic data derived from: animals in the ARS repository, Colorado State University herds, various ARS locations performing genomic research on livestock and aquatic species, plus the cattle industry will be entered. The genomic database was constructed as a component of Animal-GRIN Version 2. The data will be made available to researchers to improve the understanding of livestock genetics and to develop new genomic selection tools that industry requires. In addition, a genomic element in database will facilitate a greater understanding of the diversity captured in the ARS repository. Furthermore access and utilization of this information will facilitate the use of repository samples.

Approach:
The new genomics component adds a new dimension to Animal-GRIN. While the basic structure of the genomics component has been constructed and made operational, there is a need to further develop elements of this component to ensure its effectiveness. In addition, further development of mechanisms to upload and download genomic data are needed; plus the development of user interfaces for searching and identifying data for use by a wide range of users/requestors is needed. These elements will be developed in conjunction with the user community to insure it meets there needs. Design, programming, testing, and validating a new genomics component will be performed as part of the software development. In addition, an advisory committee comprised of ARS, Colorado State University, industry, and other potential institutions will be form, convened on a regular basis. This group will provide guidance in the development of the software to insure the final product conforms to the community’s expectations.