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  1. Content type: Research Article

    Most rabbit production farms apply feed restriction at fattening because of its protective effect against digestive diseases that affect growing rabbits. However, it leads to competitive behaviour between cage...

    Authors: Miriam Piles, Ingrid David, Josep Ramon, Laurianne Canario, Oriol Rafel, Mariam Pascual, Mohamed Ragab and Juan P. Sánchez

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:58

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    Lethal recessive genetic variants are maintained at relatively low frequencies in a population in the heterozygous state, but by definition are fatal and therefore unobserved in the homozygous state. Since hap...

    Authors: David M. Howard, Ricardo Pong-Wong, Pieter W. Knap and John A. Woolliams

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:57

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    Enhancers are non-coding DNA sequences, which when they are bound by specific proteins increase the level of gene transcription. Enhancers activate unique gene expression patterns within cells of different typ...

    Authors: Min Wang, Timothy P. Hancock, Iona M. MacLeod, Jennie E. Pryce, Benjamin G. Cocks and Benjamin J. Hayes

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:56

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    Fitting covariates representing the number of haplotype alleles rather than single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) alleles may increase genomic prediction accuracy if linkage disequilibrium between quantitative ...

    Authors: Melanie Hess, Tom Druet, Andrew Hess and Dorian Garrick

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:54

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    Infectious diseases in farm animals affect animal health, decrease animal welfare and can affect human health. Selection and breeding of host individuals with desirable traits regarding infectious diseases can...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:53

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    Breed-specific effects are observed when the same allele of a given genetic marker has a different effect depending on its breed origin, which results in different allele substitution effects across breeds. In...

    Authors: Marcos S. Lopes, Henk Bovenhuis, André M. Hidalgo, Johan A. M. van Arendonk, Egbert F. Knol and John W. M. Bastiaansen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:51

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  7. Content type: Short communication

    The history of pig populations in Africa remains controversial due to insufficient evidence from archaeological and genetic data. Previously, a Western ancestry for West African pigs was reported based on loci...

    Authors: Adeniyi C. Adeola, Olufunke O. Oluwole, Bukola M. Oladele, Temilola O. Olorungbounmi, Bamidele Boladuro, Sunday C. Olaogun, Lotanna M. Nneji, Oscar J. Sanke, Philip M. Dawuda, Ofelia G. Omitogun, Laurent Frantz, Robert W. Murphy, Hai-Bing Xie, Min-Sheng Peng and Ya-Ping Zhang

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:52

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    Cattle resistance to ticks is known to be under genetic control with a complex biological mechanism within and among breeds. Our aim was to identify genomic segments and tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SN...

    Authors: Bruna P. Sollero, Vinícius S. Junqueira, Cláudia C. G. Gomes, Alexandre R. Caetano and Fernando F. Cardoso

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:49

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the genetic determination of environmental variance. In the case of litter size, environmental variance can be related to the capacity of animals to ad...

    Authors: Agustín Blasco, Marina Martínez-Álvaro, Maria-Luz García, Noelia Ibáñez-Escriche and María-José Argente

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:48

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    This paper describes a method, called AlphaSeqOpt, for the allocation of sequencing resources in livestock populations with existing phased genomic data to maximise the ability to phase and impute sequenced ha...

    Authors: Serap Gonen, Roger Ros-Freixedes, Mara Battagin, Gregor Gorjanc and John M. Hickey

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:47

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    Haplotype reconstruction (phasing) is an essential step in many applications, including imputation and genomic selection. The best phasing methods rely on both familial and linkage disequilibrium (LD) informat...

    Authors: Pierre Faux and Tom Druet

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:46

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    A better understanding of the genetic architecture of complex traits can contribute to improve genomic prediction. We hypothesized that genomic variants associated with mastitis and milk production traits in d...

    Authors: Lingzhao Fang, Goutam Sahana, Peipei Ma, Guosheng Su, Ying Yu, Shengli Zhang, Mogens Sandø Lund and Peter Sørensen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:44

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    Optimum contribution selection (OCS) is effective for increasing genetic gain, controlling the rate of inbreeding and enables maintenance of genetic diversity. However, this diversity may be caused by high mig...

    Authors: Yu Wang, Jörn Bennewitz and Robin Wellmann

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:45

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    Genetic progress in selection for greater body mass and meat yield in poultry has been associated with an increase in gait problems which are detrimental to productivity and welfare. The incidence of suboptima...

    Authors: Brendan M. Duggan, Anne M. Rae, Dylan N. Clements and Paul M. Hocking

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:42

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    Body size in sheep is an important indicator of productivity, growth and health as well as of environmental adaptation. It is a composite quantitative trait that has been studied with high-throughput genomic m...

    Authors: Antonios Kominakis, Ariadne L. Hager-Theodorides, Evangelos Zoidis, Aggeliki Saridaki, George Antonakos and George Tsiamis

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:41

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    Growth traits can be used as indicators of adaptation to sub-optimal conditions. The current study aimed at identifying quantitative trait loci (QTL) that control performance under variable temperature conditi...

    Authors: Ching-Yi Lien, Michèle Tixier-Boichard, Shih-Wen Wu, Woei-Fuh Wang, Chen Siang Ng and Chih-Feng Chen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:39

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  17. Content type: Research Article

    A host can adopt two response strategies to infection: resistance (reduce pathogen load) and tolerance (minimize impact of infection on performance). Both strategies may be under genetic control and could thus...

    Authors: Graham Lough, Hamed Rashidi, Ilias Kyriazakis, Jack C. M. Dekkers, Andrew Hess, Melanie Hess, Nader Deeb, Antti Kause, Joan K. Lunney, Raymond R. R. Rowland, Han A. Mulder and Andrea Doeschl-Wilson

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:37

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    The aim of this study was to analyse the mechanisms that underlie phenotypic quantitative trait loci (QTL) in overfed mule ducks by identifying co-localized proteomic QTL (pQTL). The QTL design consisted of th...

    Authors: Yoannah François, Alain Vignal, Caroline Molette, Nathalie Marty-Gasset, Stéphane Davail, Laurence Liaubet and Christel Marie-Etancelin

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:38

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The number of teats in pigs is related to a sow’s ability to rear piglets to weaning age. Several studies have identified genes and genomic regions that affect teat number in swine but few common results were ...

    Authors: Cheng Tan, Zhenfang Wu, Jiangli Ren, Zhuolin Huang, Dewu Liu, Xiaoyan He, Dzianis Prakapenka, Ran Zhang, Ning Li, Yang Da and Xiaoxiang Hu

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:35

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    Metafounders are pseudo-individuals that encapsulate genetic heterozygosity and relationships within and across base pedigree populations, i.e. ancestral populations. This work addresses the estimation and us...

    Authors: Carolina A. Garcia-Baccino, Andres Legarra, Ole F. Christensen, Ignacy Misztal, Ivan Pocrnic, Zulma G. Vitezica and Rodolfo J. C. Cantet

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:34

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  21. Content type: Research Article

    In farmed Atlantic salmon, heritability for uniformity of body weight is low, indicating that the accuracy of estimated breeding values (EBV) may be low. The use of genomic information could be one way to incr...

    Authors: Panya Sae-Lim, Antti Kause, Marie Lillehammer and Han A. Mulder

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:33

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  22. Content type: Research Article

    Millions of genetic variants have been identified by population-scale sequencing projects, but subsets of these variants are needed for routine genomic predictions or genotyping arrays. Methods for selecting s...

    Authors: Paul M. VanRaden, Melvin E. Tooker, Jeffrey R. O’Connell, John B. Cole and Derek M. Bickhart

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:32

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    This paper describes a combined heuristic and hidden Markov model (HMM) method to accurately impute missing genotypes in livestock datasets. Genomic selection in breeding programs requires high-density genotyp...

    Authors: Roberto Antolín, Carl Nettelblad, Gregor Gorjanc, Daniel Money and John M. Hickey

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:30

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    An important issue in genetic evaluation is the comparability of random effects (breeding values), particularly between pairs of animals in different contemporary groups. This is usually referred to as genetic...

    Authors: John B. Holmes, Ken G. Dodds and Michael A. Lee

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:29

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  25. Content type: Research Article

    DNA-based predictions for hard-to-measure production traits hold great promise for selective breeding programs. DNA pooling might provide a cheap genomic approach to use phenotype data from commercial flocks w...

    Authors: Amy M. Bell, John M. Henshall, Laercio R. Porto-Neto, Sonja Dominik, Russell McCulloch, James Kijas and Sigrid A. Lehnert

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:28

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  26. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:25

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  27. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:24

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:23

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:21

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:22

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  31. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:20

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  32. Content type: Research

    Sheep production in Israel has improved by crossing the fat-tailed local Awassi breed with the East Friesian and later, with the Booroola Merino breed, which led to the formation of the highly prolific Afec-As...

    Authors: Eyal Seroussi, Alexander Rosov, Andrey Shirak, Alon Lam and Elisha Gootwine

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:19

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:18

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  34. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:17

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    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:16

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  36. Content type: Short communication

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:15

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  37. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:14

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  38. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:13

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

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    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 ...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:12

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    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:11

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  41. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:10

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  42. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:8

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