The feather tips of commercial chickens are a favorable source of DNA for the amplification of Marek's disease virus and avian leukosis virus, subgroup J.

@article{Davidson2002TheFT,
  title={The feather tips of commercial chickens are a favorable source of DNA for the amplification of Marek's disease virus and avian leukosis virus, subgroup J.},
  author={Irit Davidson and Rinat Borenshtain},
  journal={Avian pathology : journal of the W.V.P.A},
  year={2002},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={237-40}
}
Marek's disease virus (MDV), a herpesvirus, and avian leukosis virus, subgroup J (ALV-J), a retrovirus, are oncogenic viruses of poultry. The present report describes a case-report study aimed at examining the efficacy of amplifying MDV and/or ALV-J from feather-tip DNA as compared with DNA purified from liver and spleen. We show that the polymerase chain reaction for MDV and ALV-J env using DNA from feather tips was more effective for diagnosis of naturally infected commercial chickens than… CONTINUE READING