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Some prospects on the next 60 years in animal genetics

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Prospecting in a given scientific area is a challenging and interesting exercise, even if predictions are always uncertain, especially in the long term. The objective of this short paper is to propose some ideas on the future needs and developments in statistics and quantitative genetics in animal genetics. Several scenarios are proposed. One is more developed and assumes that genotypes will be entirely known. This would have some consequences on statistical models in animal genetics. More effort would be put on measuring the environment. Large dimensional spaces must be considered in statistical modelling, and this is a particularly challenging perspective. Modelling G×E (gene-environment) interactions in this context, epigenetics phenomena, etc. would be of prime interest.

Keywords: Animal genetics; G×E interactions; prospects; quantitative genetics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: INRA, UMR444 Laboratoire de génétique cellulaire, Castanet Tolosan, France 2: INRA, UR631 Station d'amélioration génétique des animaux, Castanet Tolosan, France

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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