With the world's population increasing by more than 70 million people each year, modern agricultural methods that include animal biotechnology will need to be adopted if this ever-increasing population is going to avoid massive conflict over agricultural resources. The ability to isolate, clone, and transfer individual genes into farm animals provides the opportunity for scientists to produce transgenic animals with modified traits that are unattainable through genetic selection.

This article reviews progress on transfer of genes for productivity traits into farm animals, and some areas that offer promise for the future.

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