Euribrid makes use of Genomic Selection
Euribrid has announced the first large-scale
commercial use of "Genomic Selection" technology in poultry. This is the first
time such a large set of DNA markers has been used in commercial animal
breeding. Animals used for application were born on 22 November, 2006. The
basics of this technology are available; however, large-scale use of this
application is still rare.
Genomic Selection allows researchers to check essential traits of an animal
before it is born, including traits which are currently very difficult to
measure, such as resistance to disease and meat quality. Genomic Selection
provides an accurate assessment of breeding values of animals without having to
measure traits. Furthermore, the information is available not just for a single
gene or trait, but also for all the genes and all traits at the same time.
Dr Gerard Albers, manager of Euribrid's Breeding Research Centre says: "This
is a DNA technology in breeding with true breakthrough potential. Through
genomic selection, genetic progress can be dramatically increased."
Selection could well be the largest breakthrough in breeding since the
introduction of BLUP in pig breeding in the early 1990s and the introduction of
hybridisation in chicken and turkey breeding in the 1940s and 1950s," said
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