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Molecular Biology Paves the Way for Gut Health Innovation in Livestock Sciences

26 July 2016

GLOBAL - Several narrow, advanced fields of study that examine the cellular metabolism of living organisms are setting the foundations for genuine innovation relating to gut health and performance in animal production in the years ahead. Breakthroughs may help define future nutrition strategies and the substitution of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).

Gaining ground

“Areas of study including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, colloquially referred to as the ‘-Omics’ fields, are gaining importance in livestock sciences, particularly because they are applicable to both the gut microbiome and the host tissue,” according to Franz Waxenecker, Development Director at BIOMIN.

Genomics through whole genome sequencing provides a huge amount of data on specific genetic traits (DNA sequences) of an individual, while transcriptomics allows the quantification of the mRNA after transcription and its potential translation in the ribosomes. Proteomics and metabolomics go one step further, measuring the translated proteins or metabolites


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