Friday, 25 July 2014

Asian genes in European pigs result in more piglets

Date:
July 22, 2014

Source:
Wageningen University and Research Centre

Summary:
Pigs that are bred commercially in Europe are found to have a highly varied mosaic of different European and Asian gene variants. The Asian genes in particular result in a large number of piglets in European pig breeds. Researchers now explain that a number of important characteristics of European pigs have Asian origins. They previously demonstrated that the genetic diversity among commercial pigs is greater than within the existing populations of wild boar.


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