NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers are nearly finished sequencing the cow genome, and the data together with an upgraded genetic map of the animal is now available for free, the Bovine Genome Sequencing Project announced today.
The new cow genome contains 2.9 billion base pairs and incorporates one-third more data than earlier versions. The genome sequence was used to create “the densest and most complete genetic map of the bovine genome to date,” the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
The genetic map will be used to identify traits that make cows more disease-resistant and reproductively efficient, the USDA said. It will also help to identify cows that are more adaptable to management conditions and environments, and better at producing nutritious meat.
The sequence data is available at the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center, Genbank, and Ensembl Genome Browser.