The use of DNA markers to define animal genotypes and to select animals for particular production traits, commonly known as marker-assisted selection, is a powerful molecular tool for animal breeding (Visscher and Haley, 1995). As the final qualitative and quantitative determinants of meat are the genes that are expressed in muscle ante-mortem, it follows that muscle genes are potential candidate genes for marker assisted selection of meat quality and quantity. Microsatellites remain the most widely used polymorphic markers in association studies. Due to their relative abundance in the genome, they could even be found in cDNA sequences (Grosse et al., 1995 ; Ruyter-Spira et al., 1996 ; Jørgensen, et al., 1996). In this study, we report on the novel use of a porcine skeletal muscle cDNA library to isolate clones harbouring dinucleotide repeats.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 11, , 11.09, 2002
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