Animal biotechnology is a branch of biotechnology that uses molecular biology techniques to genetically create animals for agricultural, industrial, and therapeutic purposes. Recent advances in animal biotechnology have been aided by recent advances in animal genome sequencing, gene expression profiling, and metabolic profiling of animal cells. Genome editing technologies have made it easier to produce genetic changes in animals that can benefit their health and well-being, agricultural production and disease resistance. Animals are becoming increasingly involved in the advancement of biotechnology, as well as benefiting from it. When animals and biotechnology are combined, progress is made in four areas:
1. Human health advancements
2. Increased animal welfare and health
3. Animal product enhancements
4. Ecological and conservation advantages
All animals are included in animal biotechnology, including livestock, poultry, fish, insects, companion animals, and laboratory animals.