Friday, May 19, 2006

Breeding for scrapie resistance

Scrapie is not a genetic disease. However, a sheep's genetics will determine if it will get scrapie, if it is exposed to the infective agent.

To learn more about the genetics of scrapie, read these articles (PDF) from Gene Check, Inc.

The genetics of scrapie
Can we eliminate scrapie genetically?
The painless way to RR

Unfortunately, all goats are susceptible to scrapie. So far, no resistant genotypes have been identified.

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