To think that these gene locations only control 1 tiny thing is beyond naive it is stupid. The commonly qouted edit is to "snip" out the horn gene. We are eventually going to learn that these genes control many (possibly thousands) of physiological attributes at each gene location. The second, third and so on level effects are going to be as big as the "primary" function.
Man ALWAYS ascribes himself to being smarter and more capable than he actually is at the individual and societal level as well.
"Es mejòr murir en pie que vivir de rodilla." - Emiliano Zapata
We are eventually going to learn that these genes control many (possibly thousands) of physiological attributes at each gene location.
Maybe "control" wasn't the best choice of words perhap be a "co-factor", "play a role", is more correctly descriptive.
You're likely right, probably something we should study before we open it up to the nation's cowherd.
I'm very skeptical of these pharma corporations who are rushing this stuff, they'll get all the profit off it and if problems develop further down the road it'll be farmers and ranchers that are left with the mess.
Glenn, I found myself thinking exactly the same thing a few weeks ago. I was listening to a very smart researcher present the process by which the immune system recognizes and processes an antigen and ultimately destroys the virus or bacteria. There are so many steps and genes involved in just one body function I don't believe I have met any geneticist with the ability to reduce it to a math equation. The effort is wonderful, but it makes me mad when academics expect me to think they have answers for real world cattle breeding. Apparently many people aren't smart enough to understand how complicated life is.