Course: Special genetics of animals

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Course title Special genetics of animals
Course code KGZB/SGZI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Večerek Libor, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Contents of blocks and seminars: 1. Qualitative and quantitative characteristics of livestock. 2. Genetic markers - use for genome mapping. 3. QTL detection, Candidate genes, Functional cloning; positional cloning, positional markers; positional candidate approach. 4. Genetic mapping, Genetic linking maps; cytogenetic mapping and physical mapping. 5. Genome imprinting Causes and theory of parental conflict, Lyonization process. 6. Mutations and their effects on animal characteristics and fitness. 7. Genetic determination of horse and livestock coloration. Genetic nature of a wool formation. 8. Cattle, sheep, goats: Important candidate genes related to meat tenderness, influence on growth and development. Significant candidate genes related to fat quality and meat marbling; Important candidate genes related to milk yield. 9. Cattle, sheep, goats: Important candidate genes related to reproduction and mammary gland health. 10. Selected hereditary disorders of cattle health, selected hereditary disorders of goat and sheep health. 11. Pigs: An overview of candidate genes for meat production traits and reproduction traits. 12. Selected hereditary disorders of pig health. 13. Significant candidate genes for desired traits and selected inherited horse health disorders.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to expand the basic knowledge acquired in previous courses of genetic disciplines focus on the genetics of individual species of livestock in relation to the required basic characteristics and fitness.
The student will gain an overview of the level of genetic conditionality of selected useful properties of livestock, including health consequences. He can apply this knowledge in practice, for example, to optimize livestock breeding procedures.
Basic knowledge of morphology and physiology of farm animals, including the basics of genetics (GEN I, GEN II)

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Prerequisite for routine work with information technologies and database systems, for solving tasks related to the study of heredity of the main production traits in basic species of livestock.
Recommended literature
  • Bowling, A.T. Ruvinsky A The Genetics of the horse. CABI Publishing, 2000..
  • Garrick, D., Ruvinsky A. The genetics of cattle, 2nd Edition, CABI Publishing, 2014. 2014.
  • Muir, W.M., Aggrey S.E. Poultry genetics, breeding and biotechnology. CABI Publishing, 2003..
  • Rothschild, M. F., Ruvinsky A. The genetics of the pig, 2nd Edition, CABI Publishing, 2011..
  • Šmarda, J. et al. Metody molekulární biologie. Masarykova univerzita-Brno, 2008. Masarykova univerzita Brno, 2008.

Study plans that include the course
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