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U of Louisville to Host Cattle SNP Data for DNA-Based Traceback Development

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The University of Louisville's Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine said yesterday that it has released cattle SNP data that will be used to develop DNA-based traceback markers for beef and dairy cattle in the US and Canada.
 
The data, available here, will be used to develop genetic tests for tracing animals “from the farm to the dinner plate,” CGeMM said. The center is partnering with the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Cogenics, a division of Clinical Data, on the project. 
 
Ted Kalbfleisch, director of bioinformatics operations at CGeMM, said in a statement that the SNP data is the “first step” in a broader data-management system under development at the center.
 
“Today we are providing access to a very specialized SNP marker set for traceback, parentage, and identification,” Kalbfleisch said, “but ultimately the project will create a web-services based system with value-added functions and the information that scientists need to write analysis tools for their particular bioinformatics systems."
 
The DNA-based traceback marker system is a collaboration between scientists at the US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb.; the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory in Beltsville, Md.; the University of Alberta's Beef Genomics Laboratory in Edmonton, Canada; and Cogenics, based in Morrisville, NC.

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