Cracking the genetic code for complex traits in cattle

20.02.2018: A massive global study involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.

Link to the original English press release published on the Website of the University of Queensland, Australia. 1

The article "Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for cattle stature identifies common genes that regulate body size in mammals“ by Aniek C. Bouwman et al. was published in Nature Genetics. 2


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Body size of human individuals and cattle is regulated by the cummulative action of numerous common genes. (Photo: Vetmeduni Vienna)
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Marlies Dolezal

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