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  1. Content type: Research Article

    The management of genetic variation in a breeding scheme relies very much on the control of the average relationship between selected parents. Optimum contribution selection is a method that seeks the optimum ...

    Authors: Binyam S. Dagnachew and Theo H. E. Meuwissen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:70

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    Mortality due to cannibalism causes both economic and welfare problems in laying hens. To limit mortality due to cannibalism, laying hens are often beak-trimmed, which is undesirable for animal welfare reasons...

    Authors: Setegn W. Alemu, Mario P. L. Calus, William M. Muir, Katrijn Peeters, Addie Vereijken and Piter Bijma

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:68

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Dominance and imprinting genetic effects have been shown to contribute to genetic variance for certain traits but are usually ignored in genomic prediction of complex traits in livestock. The objectives of thi...

    Authors: Xiangyu Guo, Ole Fredslund Christensen, Tage Ostersen, Yachun Wang, Mogens Sandø Lund and Guosheng Su

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:67

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  4. Content type: Short communication

    Structural chromosome abnormalities are well known as factors that reduce fertility rate in domestic pigs. According to large-scale national cytogenetic screening programs that are implemented in France, it is...

    Authors: Anh T. Quach, Tamas Revay, Daniel A. F. Villagomez, Mariana P. Macedo, Alison Sullivan, Laurence Maignel, Stefanie Wyss, Brian Sullivan and W. Allan King

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:66

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  5. Content type: Software

    Identification of genes or even nucleotides that are responsible for quantitative and adaptive trait variation is a difficult task due to the complex interdependence between a large number of genetic and envir...

    Authors: Strahil Ristov, Vladimir Brajkovic, Vlatka Cubric-Curik, Ivan Michieli and Ino Curik

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:65

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  6. Content type: Research Article

    In shrimp farming, major production losses are caused by viruses. Hepatopancreatic parvovirus (HPV) is one of the viral pathogens that infect banana shrimp (Fenneropenaeus merguiensis). HPV is thought to slow dow...

    Authors: Chontida Phuthaworn, Nguyen Hong Nguyen, Jane Quinn and Wayne Knibb

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:64

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    Selective breeding for genetic improvement is expected to leave distinctive selection signatures within genomes. The identification of selection signatures can help to elucidate the mechanisms of selection and...

    Authors: Xing Guo, Qi Fang, Chendong Ma, Bangyuan Zhou, Yi Wan and Runshen Jiang

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:62

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  8. Content type: Research Article

    For some species, animal production systems are based on the use of crossbreeding to take advantage of the increased performance of crossbred compared to purebred animals. Effects of single nucleotide polymorp...

    Authors: Jérémie Vandenplas, Mario P. L. Calus, Claudia A. Sevillano, Jack J. Windig and John W. M. Bastiaansen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:61

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    There is growing interest in the role of rare variants in the variation of complex traits due to increasing evidence that rare variants are associated with quantitative traits. However, association methods th...

    Authors: Qianqian Zhang, Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Mario P. L. Calus, Mogens Sandø Lund and Goutam Sahana

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:60

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    Decreasing sequencing costs and development of new protocols for characterizing global methylation, gene expression patterns and regulatory regions have stimulated the generation of large livestock datasets. H...

    Authors: Jeremy F. Taylor, Lynsey K. Whitacre, Jesse L. Hoff, Polyana C. Tizioto, JaeWoo Kim, Jared E. Decker and Robert D. Schnabel

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:59

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    Cattle include a large number of breeds that are characterized by marked phenotypic differences and thus constitute a valuable model to study genome evolution in response to processes such as selection and dom...

    Authors: Silvia Sorbolini, Giustino Gaspa, Roberto Steri, Corrado Dimauro, Massimo Cellesi, Alessandra Stella, Gabriele Marras, Paolo Ajmone Marsan, Alessio Valentini and Nicolò Pietro Paolo Macciotta

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:58

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    Domestication and artificial selection have resulted in strong genetic drift, relaxation of purifying selection and accumulation of deleterious mutations. As a consequence, bovine breeds experience regular out...

    Authors: Pauline Michot, Sabine Chahory, Andrew Marete, Cécile Grohs, Dimitri Dagios, Elise Donzel, Abdelhak Aboukadiri, Marie-Christine Deloche, Aurélie Allais-Bonnet, Matthieu Chambrial, Sarah Barbey, Lucie Genestout, Mekki Boussaha, Coralie Danchin-Burge, Sébastien Fritz, Didier Boichard…

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:56

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  13. Content type: Research Article

    Although breeding programs for pigs and poultry aim at improving crossbred performance, they mainly use training populations that consist of purebred animals. For some traits, e.g. residual feed intake, the ge...

    Authors: Claudia A. Sevillano, Jeremie Vandenplas, John W. M. Bastiaansen and Mario P. L. Calus

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:55

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  14. Content type: Research Article

    Genomic best linear unbiased prediction methods assume that all markers explain the same fraction of the genetic variance and do not account effectively for genes with major effects such as the α ...

    Authors: Céline Carillier-Jacquin, Hélène Larroque and Christèle Robert-Granié

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:54

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  15. Content type: Review

    This review, is a synopsis of advanced reproductive technologies in farm animals, including the discussion of their limiting factors as revealed by the study of offspring derived from embryos produced in vitro...

    Authors: Pasqualino Loi, Paola Toschi, Federica Zacchini, Grazyna Ptak, Pier A. Scapolo, Emanuele Capra, Alessandra Stella, Paolo Ajmone Marsan and John L. Williams

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:53

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    The main goal of the current work was to infer the demographic history of seven Spanish goat breeds (Malagueña, Murciano-Granadina, Florida, Palmera, Mallorquina, Bermeya and Blanca de Rasquera) based on genom...

    Authors: Arianna Manunza, Antonia Noce, Juan Manuel Serradilla, Félix Goyache, Amparo Martínez, Juan Capote, Juan Vicente Delgado, Jordi Jordana, Eva Muñoz, Antonio Molina, Vincenzo Landi, Agueda Pons, Valentin Balteanu, Amadou Traoré, Montse Vidilla, Manuel Sánchez-Rodríguez…

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:52

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  17. Content type: Research Article

    Our recent research showed that antibody response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), measured as sample-to-positive (S/P) ratio, is highly heritable and has a high genetic correlation wit...

    Authors: Nick V. L. Serão, Robert A. Kemp, Benny E. Mote, Philip Willson, John C. S. Harding, Stephen C. Bishop, Graham S. Plastow and Jack C. M. Dekkers

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:51

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  18. Content type: Research Article

    Intensified selection of polled individuals has recently gained importance in predominantly horned dairy cattle breeds as an alternative to routine dehorning. The status quo of the current polled breeding pool...

    Authors: Carsten Scheper, Monika Wensch-Dorendorf, Tong Yin, Holger Dressel, Herrmann Swalve and Sven König

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:50

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  19. Content type: Research Article

    Use of whole-genome sequence data is expected to increase persistency of genomic prediction across generations and breeds but affects model performance and requires increased computing time. In this study, we ...

    Authors: Mario P. L. Calus, Aniek C. Bouwman, Chris Schrooten and Roel F. Veerkamp

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:49

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    In many animal breeding programs, with the increasing number of genotyped animals, estimation of genomic breeding values by the single-step method is becoming limited by excessive computing requirements. A rec...

    Authors: Tage Ostersen, Ole F. Christensen, Per Madsen and Mark Henryon

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:48

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  21. Content type: Research Article

    Sea lice have significant negative economic and welfare impacts on marine Atlantic salmon farming. Since host resistance to sea lice has a substantial genetic component, selective breeding can contribute to c...

    Authors: Hsin-Yuan Tsai, Alastair Hamilton, Alan E. Tinch, Derrick R. Guy, James E. Bron, John B. Taggart, Karim Gharbi, Michael Stear, Oswald Matika, Ricardo Pong-Wong, Steve C. Bishop and Ross D. Houston

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:47

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  22. Content type: Research Article

    In beef cattle, maternal care is critical for calf survival and growth. Our objective was to evaluate the major sources of additive genetic variation in maternal behavior and suckling performance in two geneti...

    Authors: Alexis Michenet, Romain Saintilan, Eric Venot and Florence Phocas

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:45

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  23. Content type: Research Article

    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is one of the most important swine diseases in the world and genetic selection of pigs for increased resistance to PRRS is an attractive method to improve t...

    Authors: Andrew S. Hess, Zeenath Islam, Melanie K. Hess, Raymond R. R. Rowland, Joan K. Lunney, Andrea Doeschl-Wilson, Graham S. Plastow and Jack C. M. Dekkers

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:43

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  24. Content type: Research Article

    Animal breeding programs have been very successful in improving the mean levels of traits through selection. However, in recent decades, reducing the variability of trait levels between individuals has become ...

    Authors: Jovana Marjanovic, Han A. Mulder, Hooi L. Khaw and Piter Bijma

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:41

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  25. Content type: Research Article

    In pig breeding, selection is usually carried out in purebred populations, although the final goal is to improve crossbred performance. Genomic selection can be used to select purebred parental lines for cross...

    Authors: Hadi Esfandyari, Piter Bijma, Mark Henryon, Ole Fredslund Christensen and Anders Christian Sørensen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:40

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  26. Content type: Research Article

    Uniformity of eggs is an important aspect for retailers because consumers prefer homogeneous products. One of these characteristics is the color of the eggshell, especially for brown eggs. Existence of a genet...

    Authors: Han A. Mulder, Jeroen Visscher and Julien Fablet

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:39

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  27. Content type: Review

    In the past years, there has been a remarkable development of high-throughput omics (HTO) technologies such as genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics across all facets of biology. ...

    Authors: Prashanth Suravajhala, Lisette J. A. Kogelman and Haja N. Kadarmideen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:38

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  28. Content type: Research Article

    Studies to identify markers associated with beef tenderness have focused on Warner–Bratzler shear force (WBSF) but the interplay between the genes associated with WBSF has not been explored. We used the associ...

    Authors: Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Gilles Renand, Maria Ballester, Romain Saintilan and Dominique Rocha

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:37

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    Measures of the expected genetic variability among full-sibs are of practical relevance, such as in the context of mating decisions. An important application field in animal and plant breeding is the selection...

    Authors: Sarah Bonk, Manuela Reichelt, Friedrich Teuscher, Dierck Segelke and Norbert Reinsch

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:36

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    A whole-genome association study of 4631 progeny-tested Nordic Red dairy cattle bulls using imputed next-generation sequencing data revealed a major quantitative trait locus (QTL) that affects birth index (BI)...

    Authors: Goutam Sahana, Terhi Iso-Touru, Xiaoping Wu, Ulrik Sander Nielsen, Dirk-Jan de Koning, Mogens Sandø Lund, Johanna Vilkki and Bernt Guldbrandtsen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:35

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  31. Content type: Research Article

    Whole-genome sequence (WGS) data give access to more complete structural genetic information of individuals, including rare variants, not fully covered by single nucleotide polymorphism chips. We used WGS to i...

    Authors: Sonia E. Eynard, Jack J. Windig, Sipke J. Hiemstra and Mario P. L. Calus

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:33

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  32. Content type: Research Article

    In crossbreeding schemes, within-line selection of purebreds is performed mainly to improve the performance of crossbred descendants under field conditions. The genetic correlation between purebred and crossbr...

    Authors: Llibertat Tusell, Hélène Gilbert, Juliette Riquet, Marie-José Mercat, Andres Legarra and Catherine Larzul

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:32

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  33. Content type: Review

    In animals, a functional interaction between a microRNA (miRNA) and its target RNA requires only partial base pairing. The limited number of base pair interactions required for miRNA targeting provides miRNAs ...

    Authors: James P. Broughton and Amy E. Pasquinelli

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:31

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  34. Content type: Short communication

    The genetic relationship between original Atlantic salmon populations that are now extinct in the southern Baltic Sea and the present-day populations has long been controversial. To investigate and clarify thi...

    Authors: Rafał Bernaś, Anita Poćwierz-Kotus, Piotr Dębowski and Roman Wenne

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:29

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  35. Content type: Short communication

    Toll-like receptors (TLR) are crucial in innate immunity for the recognition of a broad range of microbial pathogens and are expressed in multiple cell types. There are 10 TLR genes described in the pig genome.

    Authors: Alex Clop, Abe Huisman, Pieter van As, Abdoallah Sharaf, Sophia Derdak and Armand Sanchez

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:28

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  36. Content type: Research Article

    The “rat-tail” syndrome (RTS) is an inherited hypotrichosis in cattle, which is exclusively expressed in diluted coloured hair. The affected animals also suffer from disturbed thermoregulation, which impairs t...

    Authors: Jacqueline Knaust, Frieder Hadlich, Rosemarie Weikard and Christa Kuehn

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:26

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  37. Content type: Research Article

    Low birth weight and postnatal growth restriction are the most evident symptoms of dwarfism. Accompanying skeletal aberrations may compromise the general condition and locomotion of affected individuals. Sever...

    Authors: Hermann Schwarzenbacher, Christine Wurmser, Krzysztof Flisikowski, Lubica Misurova, Simone Jung, Martin C. Langenmayer, Angelika Schnieke, Gabriela Knubben-Schweizer, Ruedi Fries and Hubert Pausch

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:25

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  38. Content type: Research Article

    Genetic improvement in livestock populations can be achieved without significantly affecting genetic diversity if mating systems and selection decisions take genetic relationships among individuals into consid...

    Authors: Ricardo Zanella, Jane O. Peixoto, Fernando F. Cardoso, Leandro L. Cardoso, Patrícia Biegelmeyer, Maurício E. Cantão, Antonio Otaviano, Marcelo S. Freitas, Alexandre R. Caetano and Mônica C. Ledur

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:24

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  39. Content type: Research Article

    Genomic estimated breeding values (GEBV) based on single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes are widely used in animal improvement programs. It is typically assumed that the larger the number of animals i...

    Authors: Ziqing Weng, Anna Wolc, Xia Shen, Rohan L. Fernando, Jack C. M. Dekkers, Jesus Arango, Petek Settar, Janet E. Fulton, Neil P. O’Sullivan and Dorian J. Garrick

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:22

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  40. Content type: Research Article

    Bovine progressive degenerative myeloencephalopathy (Weaver syndrome) is a neurodegenerative disorder in Brown Swiss cattle that is characterized by progressive hind leg weakness and ataxia, while sensorium an...

    Authors: Elisabeth Kunz, Sophie Rothammer, Hubert Pausch, Hermann Schwarzenbacher, Franz R. Seefried, Kaspar Matiasek, Doris Seichter, Ingolf Russ, Ruedi Fries and Ivica Medugorac

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:21

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