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  1. Estimating the genetic component of a complex phenotype is a complicated problem, mainly because there are many allele effects to estimate from a limited number of phenotypes. In spite of this difficulty, line...

    Authors: Giel H. H. van Bergen, Pascal Duenk, Cornelis A. Albers, Piter Bijma, Mario P. L. Calus, Yvonne C. J. Wientjes and Hilbert J. Kappen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:26

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  2. In the Neolithic, domestic sheep migrated into Europe and subsequently spread in westerly and northwesterly directions. Reconstruction of these migrations and subsequent genetic events requires a more detailed...

    Authors: Elena Ciani, Salvatore Mastrangelo, Anne Da Silva, Fabio Marroni, Maja Ferenčaković, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan, Hayley Baird, Mario Barbato, Licia Colli, Chiara Delvento, Toni Dovenski, Gregor Gorjanc, Stephen J. G. Hall, Anila Hoda, Meng-Hua Li, Božidarka Marković…

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:25

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  3. The single-step single nucleotide polymorphism best linear unbiased prediction (ssSNPBLUP) is one of the single-step evaluations that enable a simultaneous analysis of phenotypic and pedigree information of ge...

    Authors: Jeremie Vandenplas, Herwin Eding, Maarten Bosmans and Mario P. L. Calus

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:24

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  4. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Ole F. Christensen, Bjarne Nielsen, Guosheng Su, Tao Xiang, Per Madsen, Tage Ostersen, Ingela Velander and Anders B. Strathe

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:23

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    The original article was published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:45

  5. Environmental variance (VE) is partly under genetic control and has recently been proposed as a measure of resilience. Unravelling the genetic background of the VE of complex traits could help to improve resilien...

    Authors: Cristina Casto-Rebollo, María José Argente, María Luz García, Romi Pena and Noelia Ibáñez-Escriche

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:22

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  6. A multi-population genomic prediction (GP) model in which important pre-selected single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are differentially weighted (MPMG) has been shown to result in better prediction accuracy...

    Authors: Biaty Raymond, Yvonne C. J. Wientjes, Aniek C. Bouwman, Chris Schrooten and Roel F. Veerkamp

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:21

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  7. Control of the environmental variability by genetic selection offers possibilities for new selection objectives for productive traits. This methodology aims at reducing heterogeneity in productive traits and h...

    Authors: Isabel Cervantes, Loys Bodin, Mercedes Valera, Antonio Molina and Juan Pablo Gutiérrez

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:20

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  8. Production and health traits are central in cattle breeding. Advances in next-generation sequencing technologies and genotype imputation have increased the resolution of gene mapping based on genome-wide assoc...

    Authors: Zexi Cai, Magdalena Dusza, Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Mogens Sandø Lund and Goutam Sahana

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:19

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  9. For assembling large whole-genome sequence datasets for routine use in research and breeding, the sequencing strategy should be adapted to the methods that will be used later for variant discovery and imputati...

    Authors: Roger Ros-Freixedes, Andrew Whalen, Gregor Gorjanc, Alan J. Mileham and John M. Hickey

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:18

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  10. The coupling of appropriate sequencing strategies and imputation methods is critical for assembling large whole-genome sequence datasets from livestock populations for research and breeding. In this paper, we ...

    Authors: Roger Ros-Freixedes, Andrew Whalen, Ching-Yi Chen, Gregor Gorjanc, William O. Herring, Alan J. Mileham and John M. Hickey

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:17

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  11. Bayesian regression models are widely used in genomic prediction, where the effects of all markers are estimated simultaneously by combining the information from the phenotypic data with priors for the marker ...

    Authors: Tianjing Zhao, Rohan Fernando, Dorian Garrick and Hao Cheng

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:16

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  12. Polyploidy is widespread in animals and especially in plants. Different kinds of ploidies exist, for example, hexaploidy in wheat, octaploidy in strawberries, and diploidy, triploidy, tetraploidy, and pseudo-t...

    Authors: Kim Erik Grashei, Jørgen Ødegård and Theo H. E. Meuwissen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:15

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  13. Bovine paratuberculosis is a contagious disease, caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), with adverse effects on animal welfare and serious economic consequences. Published results on host ge...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre Sanchez, Raphaël Guatteo, Aurore Davergne, Judikael Saout, Cécile Grohs, Marie-Christine Deloche, Sébastien Taussat, Sébastien Fritz, Mekki Boussaha, Philippe Blanquefort, Arnaud Delafosse, Alain Joly, Laurent Schibler, Christine Fourichon and Didier Boichard

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:14

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  14. Skeletal damage is a challenge for laying hens because the physiological adaptations required for egg laying make them susceptible to osteoporosis. Previously, we showed that genetic factors explain 40% of the...

    Authors: Dirk-Jan De Koning, Nazaret Dominguez-Gasca, Robert H. Fleming, Andrew Gill, Dominic Kurian, Andrew Law, Heather A. McCormack, David Morrice, Estefania Sanchez-Rodriguez, Alejandro B. Rodriguez-Navarro, Rudolf Preisinger, Matthias Schmutz, Veronica Šmídová, Frances Turner, Peter W. Wilson, Rongyan Zhou…

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:13

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  15. Transforming large amounts of genomic data into valuable knowledge for predicting complex traits has been an important challenge for animal and plant breeders. Prediction of complex traits has not escaped the ...

    Authors: Rostam Abdollahi-Arpanahi, Daniel Gianola and Francisco Peñagaricano

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:12

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  16. Understanding genetic architecture is essential for determining how traits will change in response to evolutionary processes such as selection, genetic drift and/or gene flow. In Atlantic salmon, age at maturi...

    Authors: Marion Sinclair-Waters, Jørgen Ødegård, Sven Arild Korsvoll, Thomas Moen, Sigbjørn Lien, Craig R. Primmer and Nicola J. Barson

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:9

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  17. Physical removal of individuals from groups causes reductions in group sizes and changes in group composition, which may affect the predictive ability of estimates of indirect genetic effects of animals on phe...

    Authors: Birgitte Ask, Ole F. Christensen, Marzieh Heidaritabar, Per Madsen and Hanne M. Nielsen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:8

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  18. Breeding genetically hornless, i.e. polled, cattle provides an animal welfare-friendly and non-invasive alternative to the dehorning of calves. However, the molecular regulation of the development of horns in ...

    Authors: Lilian Johanna Gehrke, Aurélien Capitan, Carsten Scheper, Sven König, Maulik Upadhyay, Kristin Heidrich, Ingolf Russ, Doris Seichter, Jens Tetens, Ivica Medugorac and Georg Thaller

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:6

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  19. Most fish breeding programs aim at improving growth rate and include feed conversion ratio (FCR) neither in the breeding goal nor in the selection index, although decreasing FCR is known to increase farm profi...

    Authors: Mathieu Besson, Hans Komen, Gus Rose and Marc Vandeputte

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:5

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  20. In animal breeding, identification of causative genetic variants is of major importance and high economical value. Usually, the number of candidate variants exceeds the number of variants that can be validated...

    Authors: Christian Groß, Martijn Derks, Hendrik-Jan Megens, Mirte Bosse, Martien A. M. Groenen, Marcel Reinders and Dick de Ridder

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:4

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  21. Linear type traits, which reflect the muscular characteristics of an animal, could provide insight into how, in some cases, morphologically very different animals can yield the same carcass weight. Such variab...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Doyle, Donagh P. Berry, Roel F. Veerkamp, Tara R. Carthy, Ross D. Evans, Siobhán W. Walsh and Deirdre C. Purfield

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:2

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  22. The availability of both pedigree and genomic sources of information for animal breeding and genetics has created new challenges in understanding how they can be best used and interpreted. This study estimated...

    Authors: Rajesh Joshi, Theo H. E. Meuwissen, John A. Woolliams and Hans M. Gjøen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:1

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  23. Tibetan Terrier is a popular medium-sized companion dog breed. According to the history of the breed, the western population of Tibetan Terriers includes two lineages, Lamleh and Luneville. These two lineages ...

    Authors: Mateja Janeš, Minja Zorc, Vlatka Cubric-Curik, Ino Curik and Peter Dovc

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:79

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  24. Inbreeding is caused by mating between related individuals and its most common consequence is inbreeding depression. Several studies have detected heterogeneity in inbreeding depression among founder individua...

    Authors: Luis Varona, Juan Altarriba, Carlos Moreno, María Martínez-Castillero and Joaquim Casellas

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:78

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  25. During the last decade, the use of common-variant array-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping in the beef and dairy industries has produced an astounding amount of medium-to-low density genomic...

    Authors: Troy N. Rowan, Jesse L. Hoff, Tamar E. Crum, Jeremy F. Taylor, Robert D. Schnabel and Jared E. Decker

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:77

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  26. The main aim of single-step genomic predictions was to facilitate optimal selection in populations consisting of both genotyped and non-genotyped individuals. However, in spite of intensive research, biases st...

    Authors: Øyvind Nordbø, Arne B. Gjuvsland, Leiv Sigbjørn Eikje and Theo Meuwissen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:76

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  27. The dimensionality of genomic information is limited by the number of independent chromosome segments (Me), which is a function of the effective population size. This dimensionality can be determined approximatel...

    Authors: Ivan Pocrnic, Daniela A. L. Lourenco, Yutaka Masuda and Ignacy Misztal

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:75

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  28. Controlled mating procedures are widely accepted as a key aspect of successful breeding in almost all animal species. In honeybees, however, controlled mating is hard to achieve. Therefore, there have been sev...

    Authors: Manuel Plate, Richard Bernstein, Andreas Hoppe and Kaspar Bienefeld

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:74

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  29. Hamiltonian Monte Carlo is one of the algorithms of the Markov chain Monte Carlo method that uses Hamiltonian dynamics to propose samples that follow a target distribution. The method can avoid the random walk...

    Authors: Motohide Nishio and Aisaku Arakawa

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:73

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  30. Whole-genome sequence (WGS) data could contain information on genetic variants at or in high linkage disequilibrium with causative mutations that underlie the genetic variation of polygenic traits. Thus far, g...

    Authors: Nasir Moghaddar, Majid Khansefid, Julius H. J. van der Werf, Sunduimijid Bolormaa, Naomi Duijvesteijn, Samuel A. Clark, Andrew A. Swan, Hans D. Daetwyler and Iona M. MacLeod

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:72

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  31. As one of the important livestock species around the world, goats provide abundant meat, milk, and fiber to fulfill basic human needs. However, the genetic loci that underlie phenotypic variations in domestic ...

    Authors: Jiazhong Guo, Jie Zhong, Li Li, Tao Zhong, Linjie Wang, Tianzeng Song and Hongping Zhang

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:70

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  32. After publication of this work [1], we noticed that there was an error: the formula to calculate the standard error of the estimated correlation

    Authors: Thinh T. Chu, John W. M. Bastiaansen, Peer Berg, Hélène Romé, Danye Marois, John Henshall and Just Jensen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:68

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    The original article was published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:50

  33. For infectious diseases, the probability that an animal gets infected depends on its own susceptibility, and on the number of infectious herd mates and their infectivity. Together with the duration of the infe...

    Authors: Floor Biemans, Mart C. M. de Jong and Piter Bijma

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:67

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  34. The detection of regions that affect quantitative traits (QTL), to implement selection assisted by molecular information, remains of particular interest in dairy sheep for which genetic gain is constrained by ...

    Authors: Mario Graziano Usai, Sara Casu, Tiziana Sechi, Sotero L. Salaris, Sabrina Miari, Stefania Sechi, Patrizia Carta and Antonello Carta

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:65

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  35. Phenotypic records of group means or group sums are a good alternative to individual records for some difficult to measure, but economically important traits such as feed efficiency or egg production. Accuracy...

    Authors: Thinh T. Chu, John W. M. Bastiaansen, Peer Berg and Hans Komen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:64

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  36. Following publication of original article [1], we noticed that there was an error: Eq. (3) on page 5 is the genomic relationship matrix that

    Authors: Pascal Duenk, Mario P. L. Calus, Yvonne C. J. Wientjes, Vivian P. Breen, John M. Henshall, Rachel Hawken and Piter Bijma

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:63

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    The original article was published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:38

  37. White spotting of the coat is a characteristic trait of various domestic species including cattle and other mammals. It is a hallmark of Holstein–Friesian cattle, and several previous studies have detected gen...

    Authors: Swati Jivanji, Gemma Worth, Thomas J. Lopdell, Anna Yeates, Christine Couldrey, Edwardo Reynolds, Kathryn Tiplady, Lorna McNaughton, Thomas J. J. Johnson, Stephen R. Davis, Bevin Harris, Richard Spelman, Russell G. Snell, Dorian Garrick and Mathew D. Littlejohn

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:62

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  38. Two distinct populations have been extensively studied in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.): the Northeast Arctic cod (NEAC) population and the coastal cod (CC) population. The objectives of the current study were t...

    Authors: Silvia T. Rodríguez-Ramilo, Matthew Baranski, Hooman Moghadam, Harald Grove, Sigbjørn Lien, Mike E. Goddard, Theo H. E. Meuwissen and Anna K. Sonesson

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:61

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  39. The pig breeding industry has undergone a large number of mergers in the past decades. Various commercial lines were merged or discontinued, which is expected to reduce the genetic diversity of the pig species...

    Authors: Ina Hulsegge, Mario Calus, Rita Hoving-Bolink, Marcos Lopes, Hendrik-Jan Megens and Kor Oldenbroek

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:60

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  40. Ribosomal DNA (rDNA) repeats are situated in the nucleolus organizer regions (NOR) of chromosomes and transcribed into rRNA for ribosome biogenesis. Thus, they are an essential component of eukaryotic genomes....

    Authors: Alexander Dyomin, Svetlana Galkina, Valerie Fillon, Stephane Cauet, Celine Lopez-Roques, Nathalie Rodde, Christophe Klopp, Alain Vignal, Anastasia Sokolovskaya, Alsu Saifitdinova and Elena Gaginskaya

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:59

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  41. For genomic selection in populations with a small reference population, combining populations of the same breed or populations of related breeds is an effective way to increase the size of the reference popula...

    Authors: Hailiang Song, Shaopan Ye, Yifan Jiang, Zhe Zhang, Qin Zhang and Xiangdong Ding

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:58

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  42. Multi-trait single step genetic evaluation is increasingly facing the situation of having more individuals with genotypes than markers within each genotype. This creates a situation where the genomic relations...

    Authors: Vinzent Boerner and David J. Johnston

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:57

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  43. Native cattle breeds are important genetic resources given their adaptation to the local environment in which they are bred. However, the widespread use of commercial cattle breeds has resulted in a marked red...

    Authors: Maulik Upadhyay, Susanne Eriksson, Sofia Mikko, Erling Strandberg, Hans Stålhammar, Martien A. M. Groenen, Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans, Göran Andersson and Anna M. Johansson

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:56

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  44. Mate allocation strategies that account for non-additive genetic effects can be used to maximize the overall genetic merit of future offspring. Accounting for dominance effects in genetic evaluations is easier...

    Authors: David González-Diéguez, Llibertat Tusell, Céline Carillier-Jacquin, Alban Bouquet and Zulma G. Vitezica

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:55

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  45. Inbreeding decreases animal performance (inbreeding depression), but not all inbreeding is expected to be equally harmful. Recent inbreeding is expected to be more harmful than ancient inbreeding, because sele...

    Authors: Harmen P. Doekes, Roel F. Veerkamp, Piter Bijma, Gerben de Jong, Sipke J. Hiemstra and Jack J. Windig

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2019 51:54

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