Wendy Mercedes Rauw

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The immune system is a life history trait that can be expected to trade off against other life history traits. Whether or not a trait is considered to be a life history trait has consequences for the expectation on how it responds to natural selection and evolution; in addition, it may have consequences for the outcome of artificial selection when it is(More)
The feasibility and economic value of DNA paternity identification were investigated and illustrated using Nevada beef cattle operations. A panel of 15 microsatellites was genotyped in 2,196 animals from 8 ranches with a total of 31,571 genotypes. Probabilities of exclusion for each marker within ranch and across ranches were computed. Joint probabilities(More)
A simple procedure to calculate the Bayes factor between linked and pleiotropic QTL models is presented. The Bayes factor is calculated from the marginal prior and posterior densities of the locations of the QTL under a linkage and a pleiotropy model. The procedure is computed with a Gibbs sampler, and it can be easily applied to any model including the(More)
A simulation study has been performed to evaluate the power and the rate of false positives for the detection of causal mutations under two different models of analysis. We used an F2 design generated from an F0 population of five sires of line 1 and 40 dams of line 2 to produce an F1 population of 10 sires and 80 dams. Two different locations of the causal(More)
A Bayesian procedure is presented for detecting quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting longitudinal traits. The statistical model assumes a QTL affecting the prior distribution of the parameters of a given production function, under a hierarchical Bayesian scheme. Marginal posterior distributions for the effects associated with the QTL are calculated using(More)
In a previous study, it has been shown that adult, non-reproductive female mice from a line Ž . Ž . selected for high litter size at birth S-line have higher residual feed intake RFI than females of Ž . a non-selected control line C-line . Several studies have indicated that a higher RFI is related to a higher activity level. Differences in activity may(More)
Resource allocation patterns, as quantified by residual food intake (RFI), and the consequences for offspring development were investigated during lactation in 96 females of a mouse line selected for 104 generations for high litter size at birth (S-line) and in 87 females of a non-selected control line (C-line). Litters of 45 C-line dams (Cs) and 48 S-line(More)
Because feed is the major cost to pork production, management practices and breeding strategies are aimed at optimizing feed intake. Knowledge about the shape of feed intake and feeding behavior curves may be of interest for optimization of lean meat production. This study investigated trends based on daily measurements of feeding behavior in 200 Duroc(More)
The Rafter 7 Merino flock was initiated in Nevada in 1990 with the purchase of 500 purebred Rambouillet ewes. A gradeup program was initiated using Australian Merino genetics with the aim of developing a purebred Merino flock. Early in the project the Rafter 7 Merino line was created, which is approximately 5/8 Merino and 3/8 Rambouillet and has been a(More)