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In a series of papers, alternative models for QTL detection in livestock are proposed and their properties evaluated using simulations. This first paper describes the basic model used, applied to independent half-sib families, with marker phenotypes measured for a two or three generation pedigree and quantitative trait phenotypes measured only for the last(More)
Quantitative trait loci (QTL) are usually searched for using classical interval mapping methods which assume that the trait of interest follows a normal distribution. However, these methods cannot take into account features of most survival data such as a non-normal distribution and the presence of censored data. We propose two new QTL detection approaches(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing evidence that the ability to adapt to seawater in teleost fish is modulated by genetic factors. Most studies have involved the comparison of species or strains and little is known about the genetic architecture of the trait. To address this question, we searched for QTL affecting osmoregulation capacities after transfer to(More)
A selection experiment was conducted over six generations in a purebred French Large White population presumably free of the HAL" and RN-alleles. Two lines were taken from the same base population and were contemporarily bred: one control line (C) and one line (S) selected for reduced in vivo glycolytic potential (IVGP) of the longissimus muscle. Throughout(More)
For decades, genetic improvement based on measuring growth and body composition traits has been successfully applied in the production of meat-type chickens. However, this conventional approach is hindered by antagonistic genetic correlations between some traits and the high cost of measuring body composition traits. Marker-assisted selection should(More)
A quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of growth and fatness data from a three-generation experimental cross between Meishan (MS) and Large White (LW) pig breeds is presented. Six boars and 23 F1 sows, the progeny of six LW boars and six MS sows, produced 530 F2 males and 573 F2 females. Nine growth traits, i.e. body weight at birth and at 3, 10, 13, 17(More)
A quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of carcass composition data from a three-generation experimental cross between Meishan (MS) and Large White (LW) pig breeds is presented. A total of 488 F2 males issued from six F1 boars and 23 F1 sows, the progeny of six LW boars and six MS sows, were slaughtered at approximately 80 kg live weight and were(More)
A comparison of power and accuracy of estimation of position and QTL effects of three multitrait methods and one single trait method for QTL detection was carried out on simulated data, taking into account the mixture of full and half-sib families. One multitrait method was based on a multivariate function as the penetrance function (MV). The two other(More)
BACKGROUND Starvation triggers a complex array of adaptative metabolic responses including energy-metabolic responses, a process which must imply tissue specific alterations in gene expression and in which the liver plays a central role. The present study aimed to describe the evolution of global gene expression profiles in liver of 4-week-old male chickens(More)
Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for abdominal fatness and breast muscle weight were investigated in a three-generation design performed by inter-crossing two experimental meat-type chicken lines that were divergently selected on abdominal fatness. A total of 585 F2 male offspring from 5 F1 sires and 38 F1 dams were recorded at 8 weeks of age for live body,(More)