LaTrobe University scientists, Dr Hans Daetwyler and Dr Ben Hayes, have led a project to study and capture the genetic variation within all cattle breeds. Information uncovered by the project will help farmers to selectively breed cattle whose genes will improve the health and productivity of future generations. The same information will also help farmers specifically avoid genes known to cause defects such as dwarfism and other problems such as low fertility.
The end goal of the project is to enable farmers make better breeding decisions and increase the profitability of their farming practices. Already, the project has sequenced the entire genomes of 234 cattle, identifying 28.3 million genetic variants.
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