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Tuesday, December 6 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breed Purity Using Genetic Markers

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The Western North Carolina Nature Center speculate that two of their goats, with unknown origins, are of Nigerian Dwarf species descent. Fur samples from the unknown breeds, as well as two known breeds of goats, were provided by the WNC Nature Center in order to assess the origins of the speculated Nigerian Dwarf goats. Two known goat breeds were analyzed and used as an outgroup: Angora goats, domestic, wool-producers and Oberhasli goats, a modern American breed of dairy goat originating from Switzerland. DNA was extracted from fur samples, followed by PCR amplification of ten microsatellite loci, and analysis of genetic distances between the sample and outgroup populations were conducted. Comparative analysis of microsatellite markers was used to determine the likely origins of a local population of Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
038 Karpen Hall