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World’s First Complete Parent-wise Genome Assembly of Buffalo

15 May 2019

INDIA - Dairy organisation, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) announced developing a new genome assembly named "NDDB_ABRO_Murrah" of riverine buffaloes.

This comes on the back of successful launch of INDUSCHIP, a customized genotyping chip for indigenous cattle and their crosses.

Seen as a milestone for the dairy body, for the first time a trio binning was used for separating haplotypes of a buffalo, using a father-mother-offspring trio aimed at ensuring better accuracy. The genome assembly developed by NDDB has achieved more than 99 percent genome coverage.

Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB said, "This newly developed genome assembly would provide more insights about buffalo genome and desired impetus for implementing Genomic Selection programme in buffaloes to achieve faster genetic progress in Indian buffalo population. It may be worth mentioning here that buffaloes are contributing more than 50 per cent of India’s milk production."

Murrah genome assemblies were submitted by NDDB scientist in US-based National Centre for Biotechnology Information database on 25 April 2019 - known as World DNA day.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

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