General goal is to maximize the healthfulness and productive efficiency of swine and cattle through designing and applying methodologies to DNA test animals and utilize these tests for genetic improvement and animal management and by identifying DNA and/or RNA-based diagnostics associated with phenotypic variation in disease susceptibility, production, productive efficiency, fertility, and stress-related traits. There is a diversity of scientific expertise among the genetics/genomics faculty that spans the disciplinary spectrum from Bioinformatics and Computational Biology to Quantitative Genetics and Genomics. This diversity provides these faculty members with the individual and collaborative expertise to utilize the most appropriate technologies ranging from DNA sequencing to mating systems to address issues of animal improvement.