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To understand the biology and evolution of ruminants, the cattle genome was sequenced to about sevenfold coverage. The cattle genome contains a minimum of 22,000 genes, with a core set of 14,345 orthologs shared among seven mammalian species of which 1217 are absent or undetected in noneutherian (marsupial or monotreme) genomes. Cattle-specific evolutionary(More)
BACKGROUND The extent of linkage disequilibrium (LD) within a population determines the number of markers that will be required for successful association mapping and marker-assisted selection. Most studies on LD in cattle reported to date are based on microsatellite markers or small numbers of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) covering one or only a(More)
BACKGROUND Is it possible to construct an accurate and detailed subgene-level map of a genome using bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) end sequences, a sparse marker map, and the sequences of other genomes? RESULTS A sheep BAC library, CHORI-243, was constructed and the BAC end sequences were determined and mapped with high sensitivity and low(More)
MOTIVATION Clusters of genes encoding proteins with related functions, or in the same regulatory network, often exhibit expression patterns that are correlated over a large number of conditions. Protein associations and gene regulatory networks can be modelled from expression data. We address the question of which of several normalization methods is optimal(More)
MOTIVATION There are many different gene expression technologies, including cDNA and oligo-based microarrays, SAGE and MPSS. For each organism of interest, coverage of the transcriptome and the genome will be different. We address the question of what level of coverage is required to exploit the sensitivity of the different technologies, and what is the(More)
We present the application of large-scale multivariate mixed-model equations to the joint analysis of nine gene expression experiments in beef cattle muscle and fat tissues with a total of 147 hybridizations, and we explore 47 experimental conditions or treatments. Using a correlation-based method, we constructed a gene network for 822 genes. Modules of(More)
BACKGROUND Two types of horns are evident in cattle - fixed horns attached to the skull and a variation called scurs, which refers to small loosely attached horns. Cattle lacking horns are referred to as polled. Although both the Poll and Scurs loci have been mapped to BTA1 and 19 respectively, the underlying genetic basis of these phenotypes is unknown,(More)
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