USDA awards chicken genome grant

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USDA awards chicken genome grant

June 13, 2018

Feedstuffs reports on United States Department of Agriculture-funded research to propel genome studies of farm animals

UW Medicine genome sciences researcher R. David Hawkins will be a co-investigator on a Western University-led study of the chicken genome.  The project is part of a USDA effort to learn more about the genomes of farm animals.  Projects at other research institions will be on the functional genomes of swine and cattle.

Tim Lundeen, Feedstuffs editor, notes that this chicken genome project will contribute to national and international research efforts to understand the role epigenetics plays in regulating health, reproduction, growth and disease resistance in agriculturally important animals. Genetic regulation of egg production will be among the areas to be explored. 

Hawkins is also an investigator at the UW Medicine Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and on the faculty in the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, at the UW School of Medicine.