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Better understanding of bulls’ gene rich Y chromosome could help improve dairy cattle fertility

Researchers looking at the Y chromosomes of cattle have found that they have many more genes and have much more transcription activity than the Y chromosomes of primates.

It is hoped that a better understanding of the bovine Y chromosome will ultimately help breeders tackle the issue of low fertility in dairy cattle.

 

Story source: Penn State News, 11 Jul 2013

Journal Reference: T.-C. Chang, Y. Yang, E. F. Retzel, W.-S. Liu. Male-specific region of the bovine Y chromosome is gene rich with a high transcriptomic activity in testis development.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1221104110

 

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