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Bioscientifica Proceedings (2019) 3 RDRRDR9 | DOI: 10.1530/biosciprocs.3.009

Ag Research Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Biochemistry and Centre for Gene Research, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sheep derived from the Booroola Merino strain carry an autosomal mutation (FecB) that increases ovulation rate and litter size. One approach to characterize the genetic mutation is to locate the gene using positional cloning. The locus has been mapped to a region between genes for secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on sheep chromosome 6. Analysis of possible candidate genes have excluded a number of genes associated with control of reproduction including genes from chromosome 6. Attempts to define close flanking markers and clone the region of DNA containing the mutation are now in progress. We have cloned additional markers and developed a linkage map showing that the FecB locus maps towards the centromere on chromosome 6. We have developed a yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) library for the sheep and begun screening the library to identify large DNA clones spanning the FecB region. These will be used to locate the mutation and shed light on how the mutation increases ovulation rate in Booroola sheep.

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