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First partial sequencing of an Iberian pig
Date:3/22/2011

nt when seen from a conservation viewpoint, since it demonstrates that the Iberian pig is greatly representative of European populations.

Other genome regions present more uniformity and do not have this variability. The sexual chromosome (X) for example is a more uniform than theoretically expected. Comparison between regions of high and low variability offers clues on which genes are more relevant from a selective point of view in the Iberian pig. Among the regions with highest variability there are genes related to the olfactory and immune systems; those presenting less variability are genes related to the metabolism of carbohydrates.

The study of regions that differ most between international lean breeds and Iberian pigs will provide researchers and breeders with information on why Iberian pigs have specific characteristics which make the species unique in terms of their genetics. Before carrying out this detailed analysis, however, the full sequencing and annotation of the pig reference genome must be finished, which will be done by an international consortium. The analysis is foreseen to be completed by the end of the year.


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Contact: Maria Jesus Delgado
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Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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