Mapping Genes in Domesticated Animals

  • Frank H. Ruddle
  • Rudolf Fries
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series


During the last few decades, animal breeders have been very successful in breeding animals that are superior in the production of milk, eggs, meat, and wool. The strategies for optimized breeding of livestock have been based on the concepts of quantitative genetics which assume that there are several genes, possibly on different chromosomes, each of which has a certain effect on a particular quantitative trait. However, we do not know how many genes are actually involved in the expression of a given quantita tive trait or how each gene contributes to the trait and where it is located on the chromosomes. Such knowledge will become crucial for improvements in the breeding of animals with a heightened resistance to diseases in unfavorable environments or that have better fertility but are still capable of producing good yields of milk, eggs, meat, or wool. Modern methods of gene mapping, so far mostly applied in mice and man, offer new ways towards a better understanding of the genetic determination of animal performance.


Thymidine Kinase Somatic Cell Hybrid Hybrid Line Domestic Species Somatic Cell Genetic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank H. Ruddle
    • 1
  • Rudolf Fries
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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