Investigation of the retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) gene as a candidate gene for increased litter size in pigs

  title={Investigation of the retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) gene as a candidate gene for increased litter size in pigs},
  author={Max F. Rothschild and Lori A. Messer and Andy M. Day and Richard Wales and T. H. Short and Olwen I Southwood and Graham S Plastow},
  journal={Mammalian Genome},
As pork production becomes more integrated, small to moderate gains in litter size can mean large returns in overall efficiency. Traditionally, pig geneticists have used the methods of crossbreeding and selection to make improvements in litter size (Rothschild 1996). However, identification of individual genes influencing litter size followed by marker-assisted selection (MAS) could potentially accelerate the rate of improvement in economically important traits. Considerable debate exists on… CONTINUE READING


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