Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/15/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The research mission of the Animal Improvement Program in the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory is to: 1) Expand genomic data used in prediction by selecting new variants that more precisely track the true gene mutations that cause phenotypic differences; 2) Evaluate new traits that can all be predicted at birth from the same inexpensive DNA sample; and 3) Improve efficiency of genomic prediction and computation by developing faster algorithms, testing new adjustments and models, and accounting for genomic pre-selection in evaluation. Recent research at AIP has focused on improvements to the methodology used for genomic evaluation, genetic evaluations for new traits (such as cow health), and development of an improved reference genome for the cow.