NEW YORK, May 19 (GenomeWeb News) - Two Australian research teams from the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization plan to study gene expression in worm-resistant and susceptible sheep, CSIRO said yesterday.
The aim is to identify animals for selective breeding in order to improve the health of sheep. Funding for the project comes from a A$30 million (US$21 million) Sheep Genomics Program that is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
One of the research groups, located in Brisbane, will use real time PCR to screen candidate genes known to be involved in disease responsiveness and resistance, tissue regeneration, wound repair, appetite, and basic physiology. The other group, of Armidale, will use microarray technology to screen for genes involved in nematode resistance.