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  1. Vol. 88 No. 2, p. 811-814
     
    Received: Apr 14, 2009
    Accepted: Oct 05, 2009
    Published: December 4, 2014


    1 Corresponding author(s): mhg1@cornell.edu
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doi:10.2527/jas.2009-2043

Trait selection and welfare of genetically engineered animals in agriculture

  1. M. Greger 1
  1. Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037

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The release of the Final Guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on the commercialization of genetically engineered animals has sparked renewed discussion over the ethical, consumer, and regulatory implications of transgenesis in animal agriculture. Animal welfare critiques have focused on unexpected phenotypic effects in animals used in transgenic research, rather than on the health and welfare implications of the intended productivity enhancement. Unless breeding goals are redefined to reflect social concerns, the occurrence and magnitude of undesirable side effects may increase and consumer confidence in the nascent technology may be undermined.

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