Genome-wide association analysis reveals QTL and candidate mutations involved in white spotting in cattle

Swati Jivanji, Gemma Worth, Thomas J. Lopdell, Anna Yeates, Christine Couldrey, Edwardo Reynolds, Kathryn Tiplady, Lorna McNaughton, Thomas J.J. Johnson, Stephen R Davis, Bevin Harris, Richard Spelman, Russell G Snell, Dorian Garrick & Mathew D. Littlejohn
Background White spotting of the coat is a characteristic trait of various domestic species including cattle and other mammals. It is a hallmark of Holstein-Friesian cattle, and several previous studies have detected genetic loci with major effects for white spotting in animals with Holstein-Friesian ancestry. Here, our aim was to better understand the underlying genetic and molecular mechanisms of white spotting, by conducting the largest mapping study for this trait in cattle, to date. Results...
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