Animal Biotechnology

Research institutions, companies and producer groups engaged in the growing field of animal biotechnology place animal well-being as a top priority. The humane care and use of animals in genomics, cloning and transgenics is guided by rigorous regulatory review and, in some instances, third party review.

A genetically engineered (GE) animal is one which has had a deliberate modification made to its genome. Genetic engineering allows scientists to precisely transfer beneficial genes from one species to another.

Agricultural biotechnology is an advanced technology that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to impart beneficial traits to the crop plants we rely on for food and fiber.

Research involving animals has been critical to understanding the fundamental processes of human biology that are so integral to modern medicine.

Biotechnology is all around us and is already a big part of our lives, providing breakthrough products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, and make useful products.

Disease resistant animals, environmentally friendly livestock, pharmaceuticals produced by goats - are these really possible?

At BIO’s recent Focus on Compliance workshop, participants learned about the responsible use of plant biotechnology during R&D.

What do pandas, bantengs, and panthers have in common? Their populations have all been assisted by biotechnology.

May 9 2013
We write to convey strong opposition to legislation recently introduced that would require special labels for food and beverages that contain ingredients derived from biotechnology or genetically engineered plants.
May 2 2013
BIO appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the AquAdvantage salmon application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
July 10 2012
BIO, along with other major agriculture organizations, sent a letter in support of provisions in the FARRM bill to Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on July 6.
August 2 2011
In this letter to Congress, the members of the Animal Agriculture Coalition urge members not to disrupt funding for the FDA's review of genetically enhanced salmon.
July 28 2011
BIO submitted testimony in support of USDA research funding to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. Ag research programs within the USDA have sparked agricultural innovation and will help to solve the critical food and energy security challenges facing a rapidly growing global population.
March 19 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at the University of California at Davis will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit.
July 25 2013
In the latest edition of the Food and Drug Policy Forum, an article by Food & Water Watch asserts that FDA is not ready to regulate the world’s first biotech food animal. 
April 29 2013
Following a thorough and rigorous regulatory process spanning more than two decades, the time has come for regulatory approval of the first genetically engineered (GE) food animal.  
April 24 2013
Although we haven't seen the language of the proposed bill, it's important to note that the biotech industry does not oppose food labeling. 
March 25 2013
Thousands to gather in Chicago, April 22-25.