Jerry B. Dodgson

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A synergistic combination of two next-generation sequencing platforms with a detailed comparative BAC physical contig map provided a cost-effective assembly of the genome sequence of the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). Heterozygosity of the sequenced source genome allowed discovery of more than 600,000 high quality single nucleotide variants. Despite(More)
Many herpesviruses including Marek’s disease virus (MDV), a poultry alphaherpesvirus, carry homologous host genes presumably acquired during viral evolution. We have characterized one recent acquisition by MDV in considerable detail. The virulent MDV strain Md11 previously was isolated from a commercial chicken and initially propagated on duck cells. In the(More)
A genome-wide physical map constructed with bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) is an essential component in linking phenotypic traits to the responsible genetic variation in the genomes of plants and animals. We have constructed a physical map of the chicken genome from 57,091 BACs (7.9-fold haploid genome coverage) by restriction fingerprint analysis(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence is reported for both of the embryonic chicken beta-type globin genes, rho and epsilon. These two genes lie at the 5' end and 3' end, respectively, of the four closely linked chicken beta-type globin genes relative to the direction of transcription. Both genes have structures that are typical of functional beta-type globin(More)
 cDNA was obtained from the bursae of Fabricius of chickens from six B-congenic lines developed at this laboratory and studied for expression of class II B-LB genes. Following cDNA amplification, cloning and sequencing, genes were assigned to B-LB loci based on characteristic DNA sequences, amino acid relatedness to characterized genes, and level of(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) is a promising antiviral methodology. We recently demonstrated that retroviral vectors expressing short-hairpin RNAs (shRNA-mirs) in the context of a modified endogenous micro-RNA (miRNA) can be effective in reducing replication of other retroviruses in chicken cells. In this study, similar RNAi vectors are shown to inhibit(More)
The nucleotide sequences of two chicken histone genes encoding replacement variant H3.3 polypeptides are described. Unlike the replication variant genes of chickens (and almost all other organisms), these genes contain intervening sequences; introns are present in both genes in the 5' noncoding and coding sequences. Furthermore, the replacement variant(More)
Strategies for assembling large, complex genomes have evolved to include a combination of whole-genome shotgun sequencing and hierarchal map-assisted sequencing. Whole-genome maps of all types can aid genome assemblies, generally starting with low-resolution cytogenetic maps and ending with the highest resolution of sequence. Fingerprint clone maps are(More)
Although the genomes of many species contain multiple copies of ferritin heavy (H)- and light (L)-chain sequences, the chicken genome contains only a single copy of the H-subunit gene. The primary transcription unit of this gene is 4.6 kilobase pairs and contains four exons which are posttranscriptionally spliced to generate a mature transcript of 869(More)