Identification of the exact genes involved in regulating disease resistance in swine is essential for our goal of identifying pigs which are genetically superior in their ability to naturally resist infections. Different authors have attempted to design methods to select more disease resistant pigs (Wilkie and Mallard, 1999 ; MacKenzie and Bishop, 2001). More tools to verify immune genes regulating disease resistance in pigs will be essential to expand these approaches and to verify data that will be derived from microarray experiments. Use of functional genomic tools to assess gene expression during diseases will expand our understanding of genes controlling disease responses, as is currently underway with humans (Boldrick et al., 2002).  

H. Dawson, S. Nishi, E. Beshah, G. Solano-Aguilar, D. Zarlenga, J. F Urban, Joan K Lunney

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 13, , 13.41, 2002
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