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Genetics of animal health and disease in cattle

Overview of attention for article published in Irish Veterinary Journal, March 2011
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 146)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (87th percentile)

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Genetics of animal health and disease in cattle
Published in
Irish Veterinary Journal, March 2011
DOI 10.1186/2046-0481-64-5
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Donagh P Berry, Mairead L Bermingham, Margaret Good, Simon J More


There have been considerable recent advancements in animal breeding and genetics relevant to disease control in cattle, which can now be utilised as part of an overall programme for improved cattle health. This review summarises the contribution of genetic makeup to differences in resistance to many diseases affecting cattle. Significant genetic variation in susceptibility to disease does exist among cattle suggesting that genetic selection for improved resistance to disease will be fruitful. Deficiencies in accurately recorded data on individual animal susceptibility to disease are, however, currently hindering the inclusion of health and disease resistance traits in national breeding goals. Developments in 'omics' technologies, such as genomic selection, may help overcome some of the limitations of traditional breeding programmes and will be especially beneficial in breeding for lowly heritable disease traits that only manifest themselves following exposure to pathogens or environmental stressors in adulthood. However, access to large databases of phenotypes on health and disease will still be necessary. This review clearly shows that genetics make a significant contribution to the overall health and resistance to disease in cattle. Therefore, breeding programmes for improved animal health and disease resistance should be seen as an integral part of any overall national disease control strategy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Uganda 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 158 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 34 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 31 19%
Researcher 28 17%
Student > Bachelor 22 13%
Student > Postgraduate 7 4%
Other 24 15%
Unknown 18 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 91 55%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 17 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 11 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 6%
Environmental Science 2 1%
Other 5 3%
Unknown 28 17%

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