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Farmers Breed Better Fish Using Genetic Chip
2014-02-14 13:07:00

University of Edinburgh Atlantic salmon production could be boosted by a new technology that will help select the best fish for breeding. The development will enable salmon breeders to improve the quality of their stock and its resistance to disease. A chip loaded with hundreds of thousands of pieces of DNA – each holding a fragment of the salmon's genetic code – will allow breeders to detect fish with the best genes. It does so by detecting variations in the genetic code of...

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2010-01-14 08:27:47

Scientists believe they have the answer to why the Chinese Shar-pei dog breed has a wrinkled appearance. In the analysis of ten pedigree dog breeds, scientists have discovered 155 unique locations in the animals' genetic code that may play a role in giving a dog its distinct appearance. In the Shar-pei, researchers found differences in the HAS2 gene which makes an enzyme known to be important in the production of skin. Joshua Akey, from the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of...

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2007-02-12 13:25:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new statistical method of determining genetic traits that influence social interactions among animals may provide for more productive livestock. Scientists from Purdue University, the Netherlands and England designed mathematical equations based on traits to choose animals that are more congenial in groups, said William Muir, a Purdue Department of Animal Sciences geneticist. The new method is a tool that may contribute both to animal well-being and to securing the...


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