Pig Genome Update No. 19

July 1, 1996

  1. The World Pork Expo Attracted 50,000 People to Des Moines
  2. Developments in the Linkage and Physical Maps in the Pig
  3. Fluorescent Primers for Genotyping are Available
  4. The International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Meeting
  5. American Society of Animal Science Annual Meetings
  6. Allerton II - Genetic Analysis of Economically Important Traits in Livestock Conference
  7. Escape to San Diego in The Winter and Attend The Plant and Animal Genome V Conference
  8. Umcoming Meetings

The World Pork Expo attracted 50,000 people to Des Moines and proved to be a good place to visit with the industry. The interest by genetics companies in pig gene mapping and the benefits that will eventually be derived continues to grow. A third gene test, after HAL and ESR, was anounced, which will allow for selecting for white coat color which will be of help to the packers. The test was developed in Sweden.

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Mapping developments continue to improve our understanding of the linkage and physical maps in the pig. If you haven't taken the time please look at the physical mapping results in recent issues of Mammalian Genome or the MARC USDA linkage map through their home page or the WWW pig gene mapping page (http://www.genome.iastate.edu/) and see the improvements in the maps!

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Demand for the recently developed fluorescent primers for genotyping has been considerable. As a first effort a total of 63 fluorescent primer pairs are now available from the U.S. Pig Genome Coordinator. Each primer pair is composed of one fluorescently labeled and one unlabeled primer. With help of the U.S. pig gene mappers and Martien Groenen (Wageningen) and Denis Milan (Toulouse) a list of 63 primer sets was developed based on spacing throughout the genome, marker detection quality using ABI equipment and informativeness. If you wish to receive a set, please contact the U.S. Pig Genome Coordinator.

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The supply of non-fluorescent primers is nearly exhausted despite further aliquoting. Only a limited set of samples is available as several primers have now been completely depleted due to the very high demand.

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Got an idea to share resources? We are always looking for ideas from pig gene mappers. In the past, people have suggested sharing primers, DNA and information about databases and funds for travel. We already have accomplished many of these suggestions. Your thoughts on new ideas would be appreciated.

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Its never too early (or too late) to plan for several excellent meetings. These meetings include the ISAG meetings in Tours, the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting, the PAG V (Plant and Animal Genome 5), Allerton II and the Gordon conference. Some of the details are given below.

The International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) meeting will be held in Tours, France from July 21-26, 1996. The meeting includes posters, special talks and several workshops. Of special interest is the Pig Gene Mapping Workshop which is held every two years under the auspices of ISAG. The workshop will be on July 22, 1996. The current ISAG pig gene mapping committee is - Alan Archibald (Roslin), Merete Fredholm (Copenhagen), Joel Gellin (Toulouse), Gary Rohrer (Clay Center) and Max Rothschild (Ames). The meeting schedule is on ANGENMAP and can be recovered from our pig genome home page.

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American Society of Animal Science annual meetings will be held July 21-25, 1996 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The meetings look very interesting and the surroundings are beautiful! For information please call the ASAS office at 217-356-3182.

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Allerton II - Genetic Analysis of Economically Important Traits in Livestock Conference is November 6-9. Information and registration is now possible for the Allerton II conference and can be accessed through the World Wide Web at http://www.conted.ceps.uiuc.edu/allertonII. Registration is very limited and is on a first come first serve basis. If you have questions please email allertonII@c3po.ceps.uiuc.edu

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Escape to San Diego in the winter and attend the Plant and Animal Genome V (PAG-V) January 12-16, 1997. The initial draft plan for the Plant and Animal Genome V conference is now being put together. Based on the successes of the first four PG meetings, the livestock genome community is joining the program, with both joint and separate sessions. The location is the Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108, Phone: 1-619-291-7131, or 1-800-772-8527, FAX: 1-619-291-3584. For 1997 the hotel room rate will be $75.00 per night (single or double occupancy) plus tax. The cost of registration for both the plant and animal sessions for PAG-V will remain the same as for PG-IV: $ 325.00 advance registration if postmarked by 15 November 1996 and $100.00 Student (Pre-Ph.D) Registration. All registrations include one copy of the printed conference abstracts, Sunday-Thursday continental breakfasts, Sunday evening opening reception, Monday evening Wine & Cheese Reception, and Wednesday evening dinner. All administrative questions should be addressed to Darrin Scherago at Scherago International Inc., 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 1003, New York, NY 10001. Their phone number is 212-643-1750 (FAX number is212-643-1758) and their e-mail address is pag5@scherago.com. Scherago International is the conference organizer for PAG-V. The Animal session co-chairs are: Margaret Dentine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Max Rothschild, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Hans Cheng, ARS, East Lansing, MI and Jay Hetzel, CSIRO, Australia. Conference co-sponsors include: USDA, ARS; USDA, NAL; USDA, CSREES; Rockefeller Foundation; International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB); USDA, NRI Competitive Grants Office and John Innes Centre. The abstracts from the previous four meetings are available on WWW at http://probe.nalusda.gov:8000. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for the poster session either in hard copy (printed form) or by e-mail. All abstracts will be reviewed. The abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 4, 1996. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Make your plans now to attend.

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Upcoming meeting summary:

12th European Colloquium on Cytogenetics in Domestic Animals, Zaragoza, Spain June 25-28, 1996, contact M. Victoria Arruga 34-76-76-16-62.

XXV International Conference on Animal Genetics, International Society of Animal Genetics, Vinci Congress Centre, Tours, France, July 21-26, 1996, contact guerin@biotech.jouy.inra.fr for details

American Society of Animal Science annual meeting, June 21-25 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

NC210 " Mapping the Pig Genome" committee meeting to be arrainged in October, contact C. Tuggle at cktuggle@iastate.edu for details.

Allerton II, Genetic Analysis of Economically Important Traits in Livestock, Allerton Park, Illinois, November 1996, contact h-lewin@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu for details

Animal Genome Meeting (in conjunction with Plant and Animal Genome V), San Diego, Ca, January 12-15, 1997, see future Angenmap announcements for details

Gordon Conference on Quantitative Genetics, Ventura, Ca, February 9-14, 1997, contact M. Dentine at dentine@calshp.cals.wisc.edu

9th International Congress on Genes, Gene Families and Isozymes, San Antonio, TX , contact isozyme@darwin.sfbr.org for details

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                    Max Rothschild
                    U.S. Pig Genome Coordinator
                    2255 Kildee Hall, Department of Animal Science
                    Iowa State University
                    Ames, Iowa 50011
                    Phone: 515-294-6202, Fax: 515-294-2401

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