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Genomics builds understanding of emerging calf disease

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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