A genome-wide association study on androstenone levels in pigs reveals a cluster of candidate genes on chromosome 6

@inproceedings{Duijvesteijn2010AGA,
  title={A genome-wide association study on androstenone levels in pigs reveals a cluster of candidate genes on chromosome 6},
  author={Naomi Duijvesteijn and Egbert F. Knol and Jan W. M. Merks and Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans and Martien A. M. Groenen and Henk Bovenhuis and Barbara Harlizius},
  booktitle={BMC Genetics},
  year={2010}
}
In many countries, male piglets are castrated shortly after birth because a proportion of un-castrated male pigs produce meat with an unpleasant flavour and odour. Main compounds of boar taint are androstenone and skatole. The aim of this high-density genome-wide association study was to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with androstenone levels in a commercial sire line of pigs. The identification of major genetic effects causing boar taint would accelerate the… CONTINUE READING