Mammalian Genome 11, 75–77 (2000). Incorporating Mouse Genome © Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2000 Investigation of the retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) gene as a candidate gene for increased litter size in pigs 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 Max F. Rothschild, Lori Messer, Andy Day, Richard Wales, Tom Short, Olwen Southwood, Graham Plastow Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA PIC Europe, Fyfield Wick, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK PIC USA, Franklin, Kentucky 42135, USA PIC Group, Fyfield Wick, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK Received: 13 July 1999 / Accepted: 25 August 1999 As pork production becomes more integrated, small to moderate lactin receptor has been shown to be associated with differences in gains in litter size can mean large returns in overall efficiency. litter size in commercial lines and in selected populations (Vincent Traditionally, pig geneticists have used the methods of crossbreed- et al. 1998; D. Pomp, personal communication), and the follicle ing and selection to make improvements in litter size (Rothschild stimulating hormone beta (FSHB) gene may also be associated 1996). However, identification of individual genes influencing lit- with litter size differences (Li et al. 1998). ter size followed by marker-assisted selection (MAS) could poten- A
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