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Genomics builds understanding of emerging calf disease

TAGS: Beef
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Mutation causing brittle bone disease found in DNA sourced from semen but not DNA from blood of same bull.

Brittle bone disease, or osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), is a detrimental disorder in livestock. Calves with the condition commonly suffer multiple bone fractures in utero or at delivery and, if able to stand, have lax tendons, according to a "Nebraska BeefWatch" newsletter post by Jessica Petersen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) assistant professor of animal functional genomics.

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