Four generations oF selection were practiced for increased and decreased somatic cell counts (SCC) in milk of laboratory mice. Separation of lines was modest relative to an unselected control line. Lines differed for milk yield (decreased SCC was higher), total leukocytes in blood, percentage of phagocytic cells in blood, and response to E . co1i endotoxin challenge (decreased SCC lower). Lines did not differ for number of pups born, percentage of successful matings, or percent offspring weaned.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XI. Genetics of reproduction, lactation, growth, adaptation, disease, and parasite resistance., , 659–664, 1986
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