Increasing importance of Chinchilla breeding in Hungary set the need for detailed genetic study of different stocks. Wide choice of different DNA polymorphism systems are accepted in population characterizations and comparisons. There is no much information available about chinchilla genome, therefore molecular genetic marker investigation is rather limited as a comparative tool in evaluation of different stocks. Fortunately some methods, which are not species-specific are in use, which can still provide an appropriate tool for investigation of populations of a rarely studied species. RAPD (random amplified polymorphic DNA) investigation is one of  these kind of methods (Williams et al., 1990). Arbitrarily chosen 10mer DNA sequences and some of their combinations were tested against the chinchilla genomic DNA and chosen the most informative ones (generating at least 2-3 variable fragments) for genotyping 6 chinchilla breeding stocks. Altogether 20 RAPD markers were used for characterization. 

A. Hidas, M. E Edvi, L. Pothaczky, A. Toth

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 12, , 12.19, 2002
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