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Bovine Genotyping Made Easy

A new tool has been made available to scientists in the field of genome biology from work, produced by the Affymetrix Bovine Consortium.

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A new tool has been made available to scientists in the field of genome biology.

The Axiom Genome-Wide BOS 1 Array will be produced by Affymetrix, Inc. and is a result of the Affymetrix Bovine Consortium, which included The Roslin Institute and ARK Genomics at the University of Edinburgh.

The array will provide breeders of dairy and beef cattle with a more comprehensive and, therefore, more reliable means to obtain a genetic profile of their animals whilst also reducing the time and cost previously required to obtain reliable results.

ARK-Genomics, a high throughput research and technology laboratory at The Roslin Institute, provided sequence data to the project from their next-generation sequencing facility. The sequence data directly contributed to features on the array.

We are delighted with the outcome of this project. We have an excellent working relationship with Affymetrix, and products such as this Axiom array demonstrate the effectiveness of academic/industrial partnerships. We will continue to apply the latest genomics technologies in our laboratory to solve problems in animal health and food security.

Mick WatsonDirector of ARK Genomics at The Roslin Institute


Having access to the latest genomic and genetic tools, such as The Axiom Genome-Wide BOS 1 Array provides breeders with the ability to identify desirable traits such as improved meat quality. Equally we, as scientists, are using this kind of technology to identify genetic markers for traits such as improved disease resistance. By doing so we can work with meat producers to improve animal welfare and productivity.

Alan ArchibaldHead of the Institute's Division of Genetics and Genomics

The world's population is projected to increase from six to nine billion by 2050 and demand for food is projected to increase by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050. Beef and dairy production is already worth around £800 million each year in Scotland alone but the increased use of new genomics tools is likely to be key to the future development of the industry both here and globally as food demand increases.

For more information please click here to learn about the Axiom Genome-Wide BOS 1 Array online or to see the Affymetrix press release.