How nutrigenomics may influence feed formulations

How nutrigenomics may influence feed formulations

Nutrigenomics identify how common dietary ingredients affect the activity or expression of whole genome and examine how nutritional molecules affect metabolic pathways and homeostasis. (VectorMine | AdobeStock.com)

Micro-array technologies provide opportunities to exponentially enhance the effects of nutrients and diet on animal health and production.

Research and development are key to enhancing our knowledge and understanding of animals. Over the decades, there has been a myriad of different scientific “ages” that have led to significant advances in the knowledge of fundamental aspects of form and function in many species. It appears that the current scientific “age” is the era of the “-omics,” e.g., genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Work at the molecular level has generated as many questions as it has answers and the idea of genetic programming and alterations of gene expression that have positive physiological consequences are becoming increasingly prevalent.