Genetic Diversity in Algerian Sheep Breeds, Using Microsatellite Markers
Two breeds — Ouled-Djellal and Hamra (85 animals) — were genotyped for 12 microsatellites using PCR and sequencing. Allele number and frequency were calculated, and 141 different alleles were found for these microsatellites, reflecting high genetic variability within these breeds. This study is being extended to other Algerian breeds to estimate variability and genetic distances between them. In parallel, blood samples from the various breeds are being collected to build up a DNA bank. The results should support establishment of a strategy to promote the use and development of locally adapted sheep resources.
KeywordsMicrosatellite Marker Individual Identification Allele Number Sheep Breed High Genetic Variability
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