Methods to detect structural differences in specific genes provide qualitative inform ation on the nature o f genetic differences in dairy cattle. Using inform ation on genotypes determ ined by techniques used to investigate m olecular biology has been suggested to im prove selection accuracy fo r you n g anim als prior to perform ance recording or progeny information. Current evidence w ou ld suggest that structural differences are available as marker genes and that at least som e of these differences are related to quantitative traits. Estimates o f the size of these quantitative differences and statistical models to incorporate this data for maximum selection gains are needed.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XIV. Dairy cattle genetics and breeding, adaptation and conservation., , 35–44, 1990
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