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Chinese Researchers Construct Chicken Genome Variation Map

NEW YORK, March 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Beijing Genomics Institute of Chinese Academyof Sciencessaid today that a team of its researchers has helped construct a chicken genome variation map.


The map, said BGI, was derived from three different domestic chicken strains, incluyding a broiler strain from the UK, a layer strain from Sweden, and a Silkie strain from China. Total one-fold genome coverage of sequences was produced for this map and was evenly divided among the three domestic strains, the institute said, and about two million single nucleotide polymorphisms were identified.


Final analysis of the project is underway, with results expected to be published this summer, said BGI. The data from the variation map have been made available to collaborating scientists and will soon be deposited in public databases.


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