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Genes responsible for stillborn mummified piglets found

Results from this study will help lower number of stillborn piglets by avoiding matings producing affected or non-viable progeny.

Researchers from animal breeding and genomics at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Topigs Norsvin identified several regions on the pig genome associated with early lethality, which is responsible for a significant fraction of stillborn piglets ("mummies").

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