Navigation Links
Hogging the spotlight: South Farms pig gets international attention
Date:12/4/2012

URBANA A detailed annotation of the genome of T.J. Tabasco, a pig from the University of Illinois South Farms, is the outcome of over 10 years of work by an international consortium. It is expected to speed progress in both biomedical and agricultural research. U of I Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook said that the College of ACES played a crucial role in getting the work started.

Funding that came through ACES allowed Schook and others to put together the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, an alliance of university, industry, and government laboratories in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The USDA committed 10 million dollars to the project. Today the project includes scientists from more than 50 research groups.

Schook said that the project has three main objectives: (1) to serve as a blueprint for understanding evolution and domestication, (2) to advance research on animal production and health, and (3) to explore ways to use the pig in biomedical applications.

The first publication, which just appeared in Nature, focuses on the pig's evolution. Researchers compared the reference genome from T.J. Tabasco with genomes of wild and domestic pigs from Europe and Asia (including archaeological and museum samples), and to human, mouse, dog, horse, and cow genomes.

"The pig is interesting because the wild boar still exists," Schook explained. "We could look at domestication, and we also looked at speciation. From an evolutionary perspective, these Sus species diverge in a very short time."

The researchers traced the domestic pig back to Southeast Asia. From there, it spread across Eurasia. The glaciation period separated the pigs into two groups about one million years ago. Today they are almost sub-species. "However, their chromosome structures have stayed very similar," Schook noted.

Pigs were independently domesticated in western Eurasia and East Asia 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. There is eviden
'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Jongeneel
sjongene@illinois.edu
217-333-3291
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean
2. South Africas Capitec Bank Chooses Diebold Cash Recycling ATMs
3. Southampton to help develop new crops for water-stressed environments
4. Report: Bushmeat pushes Southern African species to the brink
5. Sorghum eyed as a southern bioenergy crop
6. Eliza Corporation and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Drive Awareness and Healthier Behavior to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings by 45 Percent
7. Orthobiologics Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018
8. NC State leads national effort to evaluate fresh water sustainability in the southern US
9. Southern elephant seals likely detect prey bioluminescence for foraging
10. Farmer-led irrigation schemes could alter food security in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
11. Warming causes more extreme shifts of the Southern Hemispheres largest rain band
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2015)... 2015  higi, a leading cloud-based consumer engagement platform ... engage with their communities around health and wellness, announced ... secure API.  ... affordable, and convenient vehicle to receive validated health information ... The API will allow higi,s trusted partners, on ...
(Date:4/2/2015)... 2, 2015 In the ... far outperforms the strongest competitors, showing outstanding performance ... the system is capable of a throughput of ... up to be ten times faster than most ... performance.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150402/738673-a ...
(Date:4/1/2015)... 2015   Medisafe ™, the leading global medication ... iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, ... the platform to allow patients to track and correlate ... time, patients will be able to visualize in real-time ... biometrics, such as glucose levels and blood pressure. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):higi Launches Seamless Access to HIPAA-Compliant Health Outcomes and Activity Data 2higi Launches Seamless Access to HIPAA-Compliant Health Outcomes and Activity Data 3DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 3Medisafe Announces Launch of Biometric Integration, Enabling Patients to Stay Adherent to Their Meds and See Tangible Health Results 2
... BAHAMAS (September 29, 2009)It is well known that people from ... the pristine waters, spectacular coral reefs and great fishing. Tourism ... employs up to 60% of the total workforce in the ... possible for visitors to come and enjoy the natural beauty ...
... new study of microscopic marine microbes, called phytoplankton, by ... University of South Carolina has solved a ten-year-old mystery ... ocean. Roughly a decade ago scientists discovered ... matter. Not only were the researchers surprised to find ...
... ARBOR, Mich.---Brain implants that can more clearly record signals ... the University of Michigan. The findings could eventually lead ... Parkinson,s disease and paralysis. Neural electrodes must work ... the electrodes are implanted, the brain first reacts to ...
Cached Biology News:Combining sun, sand and science in the Bahamas 2Combining sun, sand and science in the Bahamas 3Mystery solved: Marine microbe is source of rare nutrient 2Mystery solved: Marine microbe is source of rare nutrient 3A step toward better brain implants using conducting polymer nanotubes 2A step toward better brain implants using conducting polymer nanotubes 3
(Date:4/29/2015)... 29, 2015 SPIE DSS, ... on the East Coast, reaffirmed its value last week ... developers, and industry suppliers to meet and advance the ... applications. , The event included 55 conferences in two ... sensing and imaging -- and an exhibition showcasing 382 ...
(Date:4/29/2015)...   Doximity , the leading online medical network ... members, announced a new, instant method for physicians to ... one click, all US physicians can quickly submit their ... an open job opportunity, and a recruiter will reach ... percent of physicians are open to new jobs, and ...
(Date:4/29/2015)... AlloSource ®, one of the ... and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures ... the launch of AlloSkin™ AC, an acellular dermal ... (CMS) also moved AlloSkin™ RT, a meshed human ... category for reimbursement. "AlloSource is committed ...
(Date:4/29/2015)... York, NY (PRWEB) April 29, 2015 Gene ... and replace it with the normal gene in human cardiac ... Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount ... of Nature Communications. , “Genetic mutations, the small random, ... culprits in the weakening heart muscle seen in patients with ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SPIE DSS provides venue for collaboration vital to research, applications advances 2SPIE DSS provides venue for collaboration vital to research, applications advances 3SPIE DSS provides venue for collaboration vital to research, applications advances 4Doximity Offering Hospitals Easy, Efficient Physician Application Tool 2AlloSource Announces New Possibilities In Wound Care 2Gene Therapy Clips Out Heart Failure Causing Gene Mutations 2Gene Therapy Clips Out Heart Failure Causing Gene Mutations 3Gene Therapy Clips Out Heart Failure Causing Gene Mutations 4
... but the way we think about work life isn't. ... work, but nobody is ready to translate this into ... equality and life satisfaction." , ,This quote by ... Rhonda Rappaport, Suzan Lewis and Richenda Gambles entitled, "Work-Personal ...
... Wis. - Guitarists and other musicians will find a ... City, thanks to a deal struck by a local online ... music store, reached an agreement Friday to distribute the ... , ,Musicnotes now will be able to offer its customers ...
... ranked among the best places to work for professionals ... they offer employee incentives designed to boost worker production ... Insurance Co. , Milwaukee, American Family Insurance Group ... Bay, all fell within the top 75 in a ...
Cached Biology Technology:Work-life imbalance - A global problem getting worse 2Work-life imbalance - A global problem getting worse 3Work-life imbalance - A global problem getting worse 4Work-life imbalance - A global problem getting worse 5Wisconsin companies among Best IT Workplaces 2
... performance agitation and temperature control for microbiology ... wells independently and is suitable for DASGIP ... working volume. Its temperature ranges from approximately ... well is equipped with an individual electrical ...
... analyzes and reports the data from any one ... a chart recorder. The final data is sent ... end-point selection is automatic for Systolic, Mean, Heart ... The user is always in the position to ...
... DNA microarrays designed for your specific applications ... Paraflo microfluidic synthesis platform. Thousands of customer ... LC Sciences can provide assistance with custom ... part of our comprehensive Custom DNA Microarray ...
... RNA aptamer screening and binding optimization and ... microfluidic on-chip synthesis platform. These microarrays are ... Aptamer Microarray Service. Probe Content ... contains greater than 1500 known aptamer sequences. ...
Biology Products: