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Poultry Genome Effort

NIFA funding supported the distribution and analysis of the East Lansing reference mapping backcross population. This led to the development of the present consensus genetic linkage map of the chicken and the dissemination of marker panels that allow the map's practical applications.

Subsequent support was provided for the development of chicken Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) libraries and the construction of a physical “contig” map of the chicken genome. The contig map provides the platform on which the complete chicken DNA sequence is being assembled. Additional funds contribute to the integration of the physical and linkage maps with the DNA sequence, so all chicken genes can be identified, located in the genome, and further analyzed.

Contact: Jerry Dodgson, Michigan State University.

 

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