Genetic marker may hold key to fighting costly pig virus

04/13/2012 | Western Farm Press

A team of researchers from around the country has identified a genetic marker that shows whether pigs have increased resistance to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a virus that costs the pork industry about $664 million each year. The finding may help breeders develop herds with more resistance to the virus and could also lead to the discovery of similar genes involved in disease resistance.

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