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  1. Research Article

    TCF21 is related to testis growth and development in broiler chickens

    Large amounts of fat deposition often lead to loss of reproductive efficiency in humans and animals. We used broiler chickens as a model species to conduct a two-directional selection for and against abdominal...

    Hui Zhang, Wei Na, Hong-Li Zhang, Ning Wang, Zhi-Qiang Du, Shou-Zhi Wang, Zhi-Peng Wang, Zhiwu Zhang and Hui Li

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:25

    Published on: 24 February 2017

  2. Research Article

    Evaluation of the accuracy of imputed sequence variant genotypes and their utility for causal variant detection in cattle

    The availability of dense genotypes and whole-genome sequence variants from various sources offers the opportunity to compile large datasets consisting of tens of thousands of individuals with genotypes at mil...

    Hubert Pausch, Iona M. MacLeod, Ruedi Fries, Reiner Emmerling, Phil J. Bowman, Hans D. Daetwyler and Michael E. Goddard

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:24

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Genetic parameters of resistance to Vibrio aestuarianus, and OsHV-1 infections in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, at three different life stages

    In France, two main diseases threaten Pacific oyster production. Since 2008, Crassostrea gigas spat have suffered massive losses due to the ostreid herpesvirus OsHV-1, and since 2012, significant mortalities in c...

    Patrick Azéma, Jean-Baptiste Lamy, Pierre Boudry, Tristan Renault, Marie-Agnès Travers and Lionel Dégremont

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:23

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  4. Research Article

    Rapid evolution of genetic and phenotypic divergence in Atlantic salmon following the colonisation of two new branches of a watercourse

    Selection acts strongly on individuals that colonise a habitat and have phenotypic traits that deviate from the local optima. Our objective was to investigate the evolutionary rates in Atlantic salmon (Salmo sal...

    Arne Johan Jensen, Lars Petter Hansen, Bjørn Ove Johnsen and Sten Karlsson

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:22

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  5. Research Article

    Genome-wide detection of genetic markers associated with growth and fatness in four pig populations using four approaches

    Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been extensively used to identify genomic regions associated with a variety of phenotypic traits in pigs. Until now, most GWAS have explored single-trait association...

    Yuanmei Guo, Yixuan Huang, Lijuan Hou, Junwu Ma, Congying Chen, Huashui Ai, Lusheng Huang and Jun Ren

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:21

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  6. Research Article

    Genome-wide association mapping for milk fat composition and fine mapping of a QTL for de novo synthesis of milk fatty acids on bovine chromosome 13

    Bovine milk is widely regarded as a nutritious food source for humans, although the effects of individual fatty acids on human health is a subject of debate. Based on the assumption that genomic selection offe...

    Hanne Gro Olsen, Tim Martin Knutsen, Achim Kohler, Morten Svendsen, Lars Gidskehaug, Harald Grove, Torfinn Nome, Marte Sodeland, Kristil Kindem Sundsaasen, Matthew Peter Kent, Harald Martens and Sigbjørn Lien

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:20

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  7. Research Article

    A genome-wide association study in a large F2-cross of laying hens reveals novel genomic regions associated with feather pecking and aggressive pecking behavior

    Feather pecking and aggressive pecking in laying hens are serious economic and welfare issues. In spite of extensive research on feather pecking during the last decades, the motivation for this behavior is sti...

    Vanessa Lutz, Patrick Stratz, Siegfried Preuß, Jens Tetens, Michael A. Grashorn, Werner Bessei and Jörn Bennewitz

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:18

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  8. Research Article

    A predictive assessment of genetic correlations between traits in chickens using markers

    Genomic selection has been successfully implemented in plant and animal breeding programs to shorten generation intervals and accelerate genetic progress per unit of time. In practice, genomic selection can be...

    Mehdi Momen, Ahmad Ayatollahi Mehrgardi, Ayoub Sheikhy, Ali Esmailizadeh, Masood Asadi Fozi, Andreas Kranis, Bruno D. Valente, Guilherme J. M. Rosa and Daniel Gianola

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:16

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  9. Research Article

    Genomic selection models double the accuracy of predicted breeding values for bacterial cold water disease resistance compared to a traditional pedigree-based model in rainbow trout aquaculture

    Previously, we have shown that bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) resistance in rainbow trout can be improved using traditional family-based selection, but progress has been limited to exploiting only between...

    Roger L. Vallejo, Timothy D. Leeds, Guangtu Gao, James E. Parsons, Kyle E. Martin, Jason P. Evenhuis, Breno O. Fragomeni, Gregory D. Wiens and Yniv Palti

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:17

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  10. Short communication

    The use of genomic information increases the accuracy of breeding value predictions for sea louse (Caligus rogercresseyi) resistance in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

    Sea lice infestations caused by Caligus rogercresseyi are a main concern to the salmon farming industry due to associated economic losses. Resistance to this parasite was shown to have low to moderate genetic var...

    Katharina Correa, Rama Bangera, René Figueroa, Jean P. Lhorente and José M. Yáñez

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:15

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  11. Research Article

    Embryonic environment and transgenerational effects in quail

    Environmental exposures, for instance to chemicals, are known to impact plant and animal phenotypes on the long term, sometimes across several generations. Such transgenerational phenotypes were shown to be pr...

    Sophie Leroux, David Gourichon, Christine Leterrier, Yann Labrune, Vincent Coustham, Sandrine Rivière, Tatiana Zerjal, Jean-Luc Coville, Mireille Morisson, Francis Minvielle and Frédérique Pitel

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:14

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  12. Research Article

    Detection and validation of structural variations in bovine whole-genome sequence data

    Several examples of structural variation (SV) affecting phenotypic traits have been reported in cattle. Currently the identification of SV from whole-genome sequence data (WGS) suffers from a high false positi...

    Long Chen, Amanda J. Chamberlain, Coralie M. Reich, Hans D. Daetwyler and Ben J. Hayes

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:13

    Published on: 25 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:31

  13. Research Article

    Genome-wide association study for conformation traits in three Danish pig breeds

    Selection for sound conformation has been widely used as a primary approach to reduce lameness and leg weakness in pigs. Identification of genomic regions that affect conformation traits would help to improve ...

    Thu H. Le, Ole F. Christensen, Bjarne Nielsen and Goutam Sahana

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:12

    Published on: 24 January 2017

  14. Research Article

    Multiple-trait structured antedependence model to study the relationship between litter size and birth weight in pigs and rabbits

    Some genetic studies need to take into account correlations between traits that are repeatedly measured over time. Multiple-trait random regression models are commonly used to analyze repeated traits but suffe...

    Ingrid David, Hervé Garreau, Elodie Balmisse, Yvon Billon and Laurianne Canario

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:11

    Published on: 20 January 2017

  15. Research Article

    Genetic and economic benefits of selection based on performance recording and genotyping in lower tiers of multi-tiered sheep breeding schemes

    Performance recording and genotyping in the multiplier tier of multi-tiered sheep breeding schemes could potentially reduce the difference in the average genetic merit between nucleus and commercial flocks, an...

    Bruno F. S. Santos, Julius H. J. van der Werf, John P. Gibson, Timothy J. Byrne and Peter R. Amer

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:10

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  16. Research Article

    Whole-genome sequence-based genomic prediction in laying chickens with different genomic relationship matrices to account for genetic architecture

    With the availability of next-generation sequencing technologies, genomic prediction based on whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data is now feasible in animal breeding schemes and was expected to lead to higher pr...

    Guiyan Ni, David Cavero, Anna Fangmann, Malena Erbe and Henner Simianer

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:8

    Published on: 16 January 2017

  17. Review

    Application of meta-omics techniques to understand greenhouse gas emissions originating from ruminal metabolism

    Methane emissions from ruminal fermentation contribute significantly to total anthropological greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New meta-omics technologies are beginning to revolutionise our understanding of the...

    Robert J. Wallace, Timothy J. Snelling, Christine A. McCartney, Ilma Tapio and Francesco Strozzi

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:9

    Published on: 16 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:27

  18. Research article

    Application of a Bayesian dominance model improves power in quantitative trait genome-wide association analysis

    Multi-marker methods, which fit all markers simultaneously, were originally tailored for genomic selection purposes, but have proven to be useful also in association analyses, especially the so-called BayesC B...

    Jörn Bennewitz, Christian Edel, Ruedi Fries, Theo H. E. Meuwissen and Robin Wellmann

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:7

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  19. Research Article

    Long noncoding RNA repertoire in chicken liver and adipose tissue

    Improving functional annotation of the chicken genome is a key challenge in bridging the gap between genotype and phenotype. Among all transcribed regions, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a major component o...

    Kévin Muret, Christophe Klopp, Valentin Wucher, Diane Esquerré, Fabrice Legeai, Frédéric Lecerf, Colette Désert, Morgane Boutin, Frédéric Jehl, Hervé Acloque, Elisabetta Giuffra, Sarah Djebali, Sylvain Foissac, Thomas Derrien and Sandrine Lagarrigue

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:6

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  20. Research Article

    Derivation of economic values for production traits in aquaculture species

    In breeding programs for aquaculture species, breeding goal traits are often weighted based on the desired gains but economic gain would be higher if economic values were used instead. The objectives of this s...

    Kasper Janssen, Paul Berentsen, Mathieu Besson and Hans Komen

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:5

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  21. Research Article

    Comparison of alternative approaches to single-trait genomic prediction using genotyped and non-genotyped Hanwoo beef cattle

    Genomic predictions from BayesA and BayesB use training data that include animals with both phenotypes and genotypes. Single-step methodologies allow additional information from non-genotyped relatives to be i...

    Joonho Lee, Hao Cheng, Dorian Garrick, Bruce Golden, Jack Dekkers, Kyungdo Park, Deukhwan Lee and Rohan Fernando

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:2

    Published on: 4 January 2017

  22. Research Article

    Genetic analysis of teat number in pigs reveals some developmental pathways independent of vertebra number and several loci which only affect a specific side

    Number of functional teats is an important trait in commercial swine production. As litter size increases, the number of teats must also increase to supply nutrition to all piglets. Therefore, a genome-wide as...

    Gary A. Rohrer and Dan J. Nonneman

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:4

    Published on: 4 January 2017

  23. Research Article

    Potential of gene drives with genome editing to increase genetic gain in livestock breeding programs

    This paper uses simulation to explore how gene drives can increase genetic gain in livestock breeding programs. Gene drives are naturally occurring phenomena that cause a mutation on one chromosome to copy it...

    Serap Gonen, Janez Jenko, Gregor Gorjanc, Alan J. Mileham, C. Bruce A. Whitelaw and John M. Hickey

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:3

    Published on: 4 January 2017

  24. Research Article

    Predictive performance of genomic selection methods for carcass traits in Hanwoo beef cattle: impacts of the genetic architecture

    Hanwoo beef is known for its marbled fat, tenderness, juiciness and characteristic flavor, as well as for its low cholesterol and high omega 3 fatty acid contents. As yet, there has been no comprehensive inves...

    Hossein Mehrban, Deuk Hwan Lee, Mohammad Hossein Moradi, Chung IlCho, Masoumeh Naserkheil and Noelia Ibáñez-Escriche

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:1

    Published on: 4 January 2017

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