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New Osteopetrosis Test for Pfizer Animal Genetics

02 July 2009

MICHIGAN, US - Pfizer Animal Genetics is now offering a diagnostic test for the genetic defect Osteopetrosis (OS).

Additionally, Pfizer Animal Genetics has been approved by the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) as an OS testing laboratory.

The gene mutation responsible for OS has been identified and a diagnostic test has been developed and validated in collaboration with Dr. Jon Beever at the University of Illinois and the following organizations:

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Maryland
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat Animal Research Center
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
  • Red Angus Association of America

"Our team understands the importance of a validated OS test made simple for Red Angus breeders through a convenient sample submission process," says Nigel Evans, Vice President of Pfizer Animal Genetics, a business unit of Pfizer Animal Health. "Collaborating with industry partners has allowed us to offer the OS-defect test to help producers make critical breeding and management decisions relating to suspect animals."

For each animal tested for OS before September 30, 2009, producers will earn a $10 credit towards future GeneSTAR® MVPTM testing. These credits must be redeemed before December 15, 2009.* GeneSTAR MVPs are molecular value predictions for the economically relevant traits of feed efficiency, marbling and tenderness.

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