n Red Meat / Rooivleis - Genomic selection : a new tool for genetic improvement of SA livestock : research & training

Volume 7, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-7936


Over the past two decades major discoveries and technological developments in the field of molecular genetics have opened up new opportunities for genetic improvement in farm animals that were previously beyond the reach of animal breeders. The bovine genome has been mapped and sequenced and several DNA-marker types have been discovered. The discovery of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers and the concurrent development of appropriate high through-put technology have given rise to commercial SNP chips available for generating useful genomic information.

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