Association of resistance of chickens to Marek's disease (MD) with the allele B21 of the B blood-group system was first reported by Hansen et^ al. (1967). The 15 system was later shown to identify the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of the chicken (Schierman and Nordskog, 1961), and the association of resistance to MD with the B^1 haplotype was confirmed (Longenecker et al., 1976; Briles et al., 1977). The objective of this study was to determine if differences in resistance to MD were associated with two, previously unknown _B haplotypes detected in two inbred lines of White Leghorns that differed widely in their resistance to MD.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 7. Symposia (1), , 357-361, 1982
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