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Industry Takes Advantage of Human Gene Breakthrough

26 November 2009

US - Scientists in the United States have worked out a gene in humans which will determine if a child gets its temperament from its mother or its father.

Now they're putting this in place with cattle, aslo trying to determine which parent will give them what weight gain or birth weight, reports ABC Rural.

Associate professor with the Department of Animal Science at Texas in the United States, Andy Herring, says it will be a massive breakthrough for the cattle industry.

"We know that indicus and taurus are very divergent," he says. "They are thought to have two different domestication events many thousands of years ago. Because of this, they're probably the best two populations to try to find some of these genes that are expressed differently."

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