NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers from Norway and Finland has identified a locus that controls the age of maturity in Atlantic salmon.

Through a genome-wide association study, the team homed in on two candidate loci, one of which — VGLL3 — has a large effect size and exhibits sex-dependent dominance that leads to earlier maturation in male and later maturation in female salmon, as the team reported in Nature today.

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