Mapping Genes Is Good for You. Academic Article uri icon


  • I abandoned my original career choice of high school teaching to pursue dentistry and soon abandoned that path for genetics. The latter decision was due to a challenge by a professor that led to me reading Nobel speeches by pioneer geneticists before I had formal exposure to the subject. Even then, I was 15 years into my career before my interest in rodent genomes gave way to mapping cattle genes. Events behind these twists and turns in my career path comprise the first part of this review. The remainder is a review of the development of the field of bovine genomics from my personal perspective. I have had the pleasure of working with outstanding graduate students, postdocs, and colleagues to contribute my small part to a discipline that has evolved from a few individuals mapping an orphan genome to a discipline underlying a revolution in animal breeding.

published proceedings

  • Annu Rev Anim Biosci

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Womack, J.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Womack, James E Jim

publication date

  • February 2019