Animal Genetic Resources - (15 Credits)

Within this module students will consider what is genetic diversity in livestock and zoo animal populations. They will be able to ascertain a number of ways to measure genetic diversity using population genetic theory and molecular data. This module will allow students to explore some of the scientific principles of traditional animal breeding and population genetics theories. Over the module students will learn how these key concepts can be used in the management of genetic variation within commercial livestock population, companion and zoo animal populations. Within this module students will have the opportunity to investigate strategies to manage small population sizes with limited genetic resources and formulate practical solutions to try and manage these populations. In conjunction with the formal lectures, student will also use weekly journal clubs to highlight key successes in implementing these strategies in monitoring genetic populations.