Angus Genetics Inc.and Zoetis Genetics, Tuesday announced the availability of testing for the newly-identified Developmental Duplication genetic condition. Samples may be submitted through the AGI ordering process through Angus online.
Either Association-archived or newly collected samples may be used for testing.
Angus recently licensed the test, and Zoetis laboratory is in the process of transferring the technology for commercial testing. Initial turn-around times may vary.
For animals that are potential DD carriers based on pedigree information, results of the test help breeders and commercial users of Angus genetics make more informed breeding decisions, Angus says. The condition was discovered earlier this year and officially announced this month.
DD is inherited as a simple recessive gene and can result in early embryonic death or polymelia – calves born with multiple limbs. The test found that animals must carry two copies of the defective gene to show the condition.
The Angus Association has also employed a task force to consider the impacts of the condition on the breed and its membership, and has modified the Breeder's Reference Guide to reflect the new condition.