NRSP8: A National Animal Genome Research Program
The National Animal Genome Research Program (NAGRP), NRSP-8, from 1993 to 2023, has been hugely successful, exceeding all expectations, by helping to deliver complete genome sequences of pig, cattle, sheep, goat, horse, chicken and turkey and providing genetic tools and resources that have revolutionized the animal breeding industry. These successes, along with concomitant advances in genomics-enabled technologies, resulted in the release of the 2018-2027 USDA Animal Genome Blueprint which outlines key areas for future research and funding.


    Aims of the new NRSP8

    • Specific Aim 1: Extending genomics capacity to a broader range of Animal Science stakeholders.
    • Approach: survey stakeholders on data capacity needs; design workflows to simplify data sharing; develop resources (e.g., for genomic workflows; support community use of micropublications that ensure datasets are publicly available and citable; generate community benchmarks for data analysis and re-use.
    • Specific Aim 2: Supporting capacity to integrate genomic and biological data.
    • Approach: workshops to identify stakeholder data collection and data analysis gaps; roundtable discussions with molecular biologists/geneticists, informaticians and engineers to develop interdisciplinary teams; support for students and early career investigators, including attendance at bioinformatics and data science meetings.
    • Specific Aim 3: Education, training and outreach to develop a data-savvy workforce.
    • Approach: development and publication of stand-alone educational modules that can be added to existing animal science courses or used as stand-alone training; linking educational modules with micro-certificates that signal data competencies; development of a mailing list/bulletin board to publicize internship opportunities between stakeholders, students and academic advisors in animal science; bioinformatics training workshops at meetings and conferences.


    Program Chairs and Coordinators


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AnimalGenome.ORG Archive for NAGRP (NRSP8) 1993-2023 Program


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