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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from University College Dublin have sequenced the whole genome of an ancient wild aurochs from Britain, providing insight into the domestication of cattle and their complex relationship to their wild progenitors.

Domestication of the now-extinct aurochs Bos primigenius led to the development of the two major cattle taxa, B. taurus and B. indicus, though the researchers noted that whether there was additional gene flow from aurochs into cattle has been unclear.

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