UMR1313 GABI - Animal Genetics and Integrative Biology

Joint INRAE AgroParisTech Unit

Understanding and exploiting the genetic variability of animals.

The scientific orientations of GABI aim to understand and exploit the genetic variability of animals to analyze the construction of phenotypes, interactions with microbial ecosystems and the environment at large, in a context of agroecological transition.

Expertise and disciplinary skills


Quantitative, molecular and population genetics; functional genomics; biostatistics; bioinformatics; fundamental biology; experiments on model and farm animals; mouse transgenesis; immunophenotyping; study of microbiomes and their metagenomes; integrative approaches for studying multi-level and multi-scale data.



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12 February 2024

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Exploring genetic diversity: New indicators proposed for animal cryobanks

This study, published in the Animal Science section of the Peer Community Journal, proposes an analytical framework and indicators for the evaluation of cryopreserved animal collections for the conservation of genetic diversity. These indicators can be calculated at regular intervals to help plan and manage these collections at national and international levels, and to help population managers exploit the resources currently available. This analytical framework has been applied to the French national cryobank.

05 February 2024

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INRAE researchers competition: two positions open at GABI

Would you like to use your motivation and skills to answer ambitious research questions in animal genetics? Then join us!
In a study published in Genomics, scientists from the UMR Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative - GABI (INRAE/AgroParisTech/UPSaclay, Jouy-en-Josas) have characterized the transcriptome of 35,000 embryonic cells derived from pig embryos between 5 and 11 days after fertilization. They were able to identify new sub-populations of embryonic cells, both for the secretion of molecules required for implantation, such as those expressing interleukin 1 beta (IL1B), and a population of stem cells expressing LRP2, which will subsequently contribute to the development of the embryonic placenta.
Among the traits selected for dairy cows, functional longevity - i.e. the cumulative length of time a cow produces milk - occupies a special place: it reflects her contribution to the profitability of the herd, as well as her well-being. Of course, this is only known at the end of a cow's career. But longevity can be partially predicted from the traits that impact it, such as fertility or mammal health and morphology.
race bovine Charolaise
Beef currently accounts for 21% of the world's meat consumption, ranking third after poultry and pork. It therefore plays a crucial role in the global food system, with great economic and cultural importance in many countries. However, its production has a high environmental impact, mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. To reconcile the growing demand for meat with the need to reduce its ecological footprint, it is imperative to adopt more sustainable practices.
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20 December 2023
INRAE Jouy-en-Josas
Alicia Jacques' thesis defense
International Havemeyer Horse Genome Workshop
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Founding member of Sciences Animales Paris-Saclay 


SAPS is a research group dedicated to animal biology and health, with close links to livestock farming. SAPS members (INRAE, AgroParisTech, CNRS, ENVA, ANSES) are rooted in the Université Paris-Saclay, notably in the Biosphera and Life Science and Health Graduate Schools, and also in the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) through its partnerships with ENVA and ANSES.  + SAPS - Sciences Animales Paris-Saclay

Member of Carnot France Futur Élevage


The GABI unit is a member of Carnot France Futur Élevage: the Carnot-accredited network dedicated to the livestock industry. Carnot France Futur Élevage is a network of academic research laboratories and agricultural technical institutes dedicated to promoting R&D collaboration and innovation transfer within the livestock industry. + France Futur Élevage