01 Mar 2017
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Yak © Sonja Mathis

Bovine legacy in Mongolian yak genomes

Could the hardiness of the stubborn yak be combined with the productivity and docility of cattle to produce valuable food, primary products and services in a harsh and hostile environment? Researchers from INRA and ALLICE (France), LMU Munich (Germany) and their partners have compared the architecture of cattle and yak genomes and discovered a millennia old introgression of bovine genes in Mongolian yak, which most probably helped to domesticate and breed these animals.

  • Biofilm mixte de Lactococcus lactis (coques jaunes) et de Listeria monocytogenes (bâtonnets roses), observé en microscopie électronique à balayage.. © inra, Thierry MEYLHEUC
  • Supermarché. © MAITRE Christophe
  • Ciel d'orage en Eure et Loir.. © INRA, WEBER Jean
  • Floating market.. © INRA, Chloé Le Bastard
  • Céréales et tournesols fleuris sur fond de ciel.. © INRA, BEGUEY Alain