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Sheep gene insights could help farmers breed healthier animals

Fresh insights into genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programs to improve animal health and productivity.

Researchers at The University of Edinburgh’s The Roslin Institute have mapped which genes are turned on and off in different tissues and organs in a sheep’s body. Their findings shed new light on the animal’s complex biology, including insight into the function of genes linked to immunity and meat quality.

The researchers said the insights could eventually inform animal breeding programs aimed at improving farmers' stocks.

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