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DNA Region in Chickens Identified for Disease Resistance

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Researchers from Wageningen University and Hendrix Genetics found that 1 region in the DNA of a chicken explains a large difference in possible disease resistance between birds. Photo: vchal

DNA region in chickens identified for disease resistance

Poultry World

Breeding companies will be able to select animal with a higher general disease resistance, resulting in lower antibiotics use and higher animal welfare after scientists identified the DNA region in chickens for disease resistance. This DNA region contains, among others, an important sensor for activating the immune system, which might explain why some chickens become ill and others do not.