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Human Genome News, July 1994; 6(2)

Pig Gene-Mapping Coordination Effort Grows

Last year the Cooperative State Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated a group of Iowa State University (ISU) scientists, headed by Max Rothschild, to coordinate U.S. efforts to find individual genes that control pig reproduction, disease resistance, and physical traits. The cooperative project is focused on producing a consensus pig gene map, enlarging the public gene-mapping database, fostering communication and resource sharing among researchers, and working closely with the pig industry.

Producing a useful gene map is expected to take several years and involve a number of U.S. scientists and laboratories; about 700 genes and markers have been mapped to date. Reference family DNA is being made available to researchers, and some 150 published microsatellite markers have been produced and distributed to requesting laboratories. Published data are being added to the pig database USPIGBASE [Information: ; for WWW, ].

The bimonthly newsletter Pig Genome Update and a computer discussion group are available for all animal gene mappers. To enroll for the discussion group, send e-mail address to . [Max Rothschild, ISU]

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