University of Alberta scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of two bulls, one beef and one dairy, the first animals to have been fully sequenced in Canada.

Sequencing the genome of these two bulls enables scientists to more accurately identify the genetic markers that are responsible for economically important traits such as efficiency, yield, fatness and tenderness, say the scientists. Producers can use that information to breed healthier dairy cattle that produce more and higher quality milk as well as beef cattle that produce better quality beef.

"Consumers will benefit from more cost-effective and healthier products on store shelves," says Stephen Moore, head of the Bovine Genomics Program at the University of Alberta, who along with his colleague, Paul Stothard, completed the sequencing.

 "Understanding what genes contribute to specific cattle traits will also have spinoff applications related to other fields like human health and disease," Moore adds.

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Source: Science Daily