Leif Andersson on Animal Rights
  Leif Andersson     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2008

I don’t think it’s – we have a problem as long as we just take blood samples and we correlate in [unintelligible] variation of disease, so to speak. I think it would be more problematic if we were making transgenic pigs or transgenic dogs and such things. My personal view is that I think what we see now is that in all areas of biology we will learn so much more about genetics and how to influence the biology of the species. So I think that will generate a huge amount of knowledge which in the future could be used – [alarm goes off and he starts laughing]

Leif Andersson is a professor in Functional Genomics at Uppsala University and guest professor in Molecular Animal Genetics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.

His research group did pioneering work using domestic animals for genetic dissection of monogenic and multifactorial traits. Main research project includes genetic analysis of divergent intercrosses in chicken, horses and pigs. Andersson's group describe the genes and mutations affecting a certain trait and study the mechanism of the genes and regulatory elements affected by the mutations.