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A novel missense variant in endothelin‐2 causes a growth and respiratory lethal syndrome in bovine

6 days ago   |   By Animal Genetics

Abstract
The high level of fragmentation of the Spanish Lidia cattle breed, divided into lineages called ‘castas' and into herds within lineages based on reproductive isolation, increases the risk of homozygosity and the outbreak of recessive genetic defects. Since 2004, an increasing number of calves have been identified in a Lidia herd with signs of severe growth retardation, respiratory alterations and juvenile lethality, which constitutes a novel inherited syndrome in cattle and was subsequently termed growth and respiratory lethal syndrome. We performed a genome-wide association study...
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