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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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    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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    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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    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Content type: Research Article

    Due to selective breeding, domesticated and wild Atlantic salmon are genetically diverged, which raises concerns about farmed escapees having the potential to alter the genetic composition of wild populations ...

    Authors: Beatrix Bicskei, John B. Taggart, Kevin A. Glover and James E. Bron

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:20

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) infection in cattle is a significant economic concern in many countries, with annual costs to the UK and Irish governments of approximately €190 million and €63 million, respectively,...

    Authors: Ian W. Richardson, Donagh P. Berry, Heather L. Wiencko, Isabella M. Higgins, Simon J. More, Jennifer McClure, David J. Lynn and Daniel G. Bradley

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:19

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  31. Content type: Research Article

    It is generally accepted that domestication of pigs took place in multiple locations across Eurasia; the breeds that originated in Europe and Asia have been well studied. However, the genetic structure of pig ...

    Authors: Aleksei Traspov, Wenjiang Deng, Olga Kostyunina, Jiuxiu Ji, Kirill Shatokhin, Sergey Lugovoy, Natalia Zinovieva, Bin Yang and Lusheng Huang

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:16

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:57

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    Currently, genomic prediction in cattle is largely based on panels of about 54k single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). However with the decreasing costs of and current advances in next-generation sequencing t...

    Authors: Oscar O. M. Iheshiulor, John A. Woolliams, Xijiang Yu, Robin Wellmann and Theo H. E. Meuwissen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:15

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    The availability of whole-genome sequence data from key ancestors in bovine populations provides an exhaustive catalogue of polymorphic sites that segregate within and across cattle breeds. Sequence variants i...

    Authors: Hubert Pausch, Reiner Emmerling, Hermann Schwarzenbacher and Ruedi Fries

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:14

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  34. Content type: Research Article

    Categorical traits without ordinal representation of classes do not qualify for threshold models. Alternatively, the multinomial problem can be assessed by a sequence of independent binary contrasts using sche...

    Authors: Claas Heuer, Christoph Scheel, Jens Tetens, Christa Kühn and Georg Thaller

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:13

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  35. Content type: Research Article

    One of the five basal actinopterygian lineages, the Chondrostei, including sturgeon, shovelnose, and paddlefish (Order Acipenseriformes) show extraordinary ploidy diversity associated with three rounds of lin...

    Authors: Miloš Havelka, Dmytro Bytyutskyy, Radka Symonová, Petr Ráb and Martin Flajšhans

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:12

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  36. Content type: Research Article

    Improving meat quality including taste and tenderness is critical to the protection and development of markets for sheep meat. Phenotypic selection for such measures of meat quality is constrained by the fact...

    Authors: Oswald Matika, Valentina Riggio, Marie Anselme-Moizan, Andrew S. Law, Ricardo Pong-Wong, Alan L. Archibald and Stephen C. Bishop

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:11

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  37. Content type: Research Article

    Genome-wide association studies in humans have found enrichment of trait-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in coding regions of the genome and depletion of these in intergenic regions. However,...

    Authors: Rostam Abdollahi-Arpanahi, Gota Morota, Bruno D. Valente, Andreas Kranis, Guilherme J. M. Rosa and Daniel Gianola

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:10

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  38. Content type: Research Article

    Reproductive traits such as number of stillborn piglets (SB) and number of teats (NT) have been evaluated in many genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Most of these GWAS were performed under the assumption ...

    Authors: Lucas L. Verardo, Fabyano F. Silva, Marcos S. Lopes, Ole Madsen, John W. M. Bastiaansen, Egbert F. Knol, Mathew Kelly, Luis Varona, Paulo S. Lopes and Simone E. F. Guimarães

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:9

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  39. Content type: Research Article

    Dominance effects may contribute to genetic variation of complex traits in dairy cattle, especially for traits closely related to fitness such as fertility. However, traditional genetic evaluations generally i...

    Authors: Hassan Aliloo, Jennie E. Pryce, Oscar González-Recio, Benjamin G. Cocks and Ben J. Hayes

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:8

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  40. Content type: Research Article

    Most developments in quantitative genetics theory focus on the study of intra-breed/line concepts. With the availability of massive genomic information, it becomes necessary to revisit the theory for crossbred...

    Authors: Zulma G. Vitezica, Luis Varona, Jean-Michel Elsen, Ignacy Misztal, William Herring and Andrès Legarra

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:6

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  41. Content type: Research Article

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of genomic predictions for rib eye area (REA), backfat thickness (BFT), and hot carcass weight (HCW) in Nellore beef cattle from Brazilian commercial he...

    Authors: Gerardo A. Fernandes Júnior, Guilherme J. M. Rosa, Bruno D. Valente, Roberto Carvalheiro, Fernando Baldi, Diogo A. Garcia, Daniel G. M. Gordo, Rafael Espigolan, Luciana Takada, Rafael L. Tonussi, Willian B. F. de Andrade, Ana F. B. Magalhães, Luis A. L. Chardulo, Humberto Tonhati and Lucia G. de Albuquerque

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:7

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