Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 8, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
In the fall of 1989, responsibility for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station's Angleton Research Station was transferred to the Department of Animal Science. In November 1989, a meeting involving University Administration, animal geneticists from the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin and representatives from the National Cattlemen's Association and the Drovers Journal was held to define the priority research needs of the beef cattle industry that could be addressed using the resources of the Angleton Station. The Angleton project visualized the integration of quantitative genetics and the emerging field of molecular genetics to address issues of beef quality. This resulted in the NCA releasing an RFP for research proposals targeted at providing the industry the means to identify the genetic bases for differences in carcass quality in cattle. By Spring 1990, a proposal was submitted to the NCA by the Dept. of Animal Science at Texas A&M University to utilize what was known at the time as "reverse genetics" and is now known as "map based cloning" or "positional cloning" to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) responsible for carcass merit differences.