disease is a disease of cattle and
small ruminants that has a major economic
and animal health impact in the United
States and other parts of the world. Mycobacterium
paratuberculosis is the bacterium
that causes Johne's disease.
NIFA funded a project at the University
of Minnesota to sequence and annotate (match
genes with possible functions) the genome
of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.
It has already led to the identification
of unique genes that could serve as targets
for improved diagnostic procedures.
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