The Canadian bull STORM is related directly with a fatal haplotype

German researchers (Kipp et al. 2015) reported that they discovered a new genetic defect in Holstein dairy cattle. The genetic defect – Haplotype for Cholesterol Deficiency (HCD) – causes young calves to die if homozygous for HCD. The homozygous animals have no cholesterol and live only a few months.


The defective haplotype traces back to Maughlin Storm. Luckily, nowadays there is a genomic chip to detect the carriers of the haplotype.


Aberekin has his status for this new haplotype.


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