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Turkey Genome Sequencing Project is Providing an Important Tool for Poultry Industry and Basic Research

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CHAMPAIGN, IL (Nov. 24, 2014) – A project launched in 2008 to map the entire turkey genome is nearing completion, with more than 95% of the genome sequence now in place. The results of the current work, which has relied primarily on the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, should prove valuable for studying and subsequently enhancing economically important traits in poultry, according to a recent article in Poultry Science that provides details about the project.

Intense genetic selection for increased growth rate, meat yield, and growth efficiency, has enhanced the turkey industry's ability to roughly double its U.S. annual production of turkeys over the last 30 years to almost 300 million birds, while supplying more value to consumers. During this same period of time, a number of economically challenging consequences have developed for more.

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