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See detailDomestic-animal genomics: deciphering the genetics of complex traits
Andersson, L.; Georges, Michel ULg

in Nature Reviews Genetics (2004), 5(3), 202-212

One of the 'grand challenges' in modern biology is to understand the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity within and among species. Thousands of years of selective breeding of domestic animals has ... [more ▼]

One of the 'grand challenges' in modern biology is to understand the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity within and among species. Thousands of years of selective breeding of domestic animals has created a diversity of phenotypes among breeds that is only matched by that observed among species in nature. Domestic animals therefore constitute a unique resource for understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic variation. When the genome sequences of domestic animals become available the identification of the mutations that underlie the transformation from a wild to a domestic species will be a realistic and important target. [less ▲]

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