Rabbits have many uses – from being bred for their meat and fur, to cherished pets, to laboratory animals. Understanding their genetics and genomics is key to their production, but equally, to their care, welfare and health. Beginning with an introduction to the rabbit, including key information on their evolution, domestication and breed types, this book then concentrates on the genetics and genomics of this valuable animal. It covers: – Cytogenetics, genetic maps and QTL mapping; – Immunogenetics; – Genetics of coat colour, fibre and fur production, reproduction, disease resistance and more. Concluding with practical applications such as creating transgenic and genome edited rabbits, biotechnical applications and the rabbit as a biomedical model, this book brings this important topic fully up to date. It provides an indispensable resource for animal and veterinary researchers and students, as well as rabbit breeders and laboratory scientists.
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