Monday, January 25, 2010

Raising the Auroch

An Italian group has assembled a rough map of the Auroch genome (an extinct ancestor of modern cattle) and hope to use it re-breed this creature from scraps of DNA still found scattered throughout modern breeds (molecular markers, I presume?).

The picture is of a Heck, a breed that was selected to look like an auroch. The Italian group hopes to replicate the appearance and the underlying genetics of this animal.

h/t: Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

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