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Use of Microsatellite Markers in Poultry Research

Mohsen Gholizadeh and Ghodrat Rahimi Mianji
Laboratory for Molecular Genetics and Animal Biotechnology, Department of Animal Science, Sari College of Agricultural Science, Mazandaran University, Sari, Iran
Abstract :

Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSRs), or short tandem repeats (STRs), discovered in 1981, are tandemly repeated motifs of 1-6 nucleotides found in all prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. They are present in both coding and non-coding regions. In addition to being highly variable and polymorphic, microsatellites are also easy to genotype and densely distributed throughout eukaryotic genomes, making
them the preferred genetic marker for high resolution genetic mapping. The use of DNA marker technology
in poultry as a strains identification has progressed rapidly during the last decade. This review summarize
the use of microsatellite as molecular markers in poultry research, especially in some genetic resources
of economically important species such as chickens, quails, ducks, goose, turkey and other birds. Also we
discuss its limitations and benefits including its simplicity and easy use in the laboratory.

Keywords :
Molecular markers, microsatellite, poultry species

Date Deposited : 14 Jul 2011 11:16

Last Modified : 14 Jul 2011 11:16

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Volume 6, Number 2, - 2007 , ISSN 1682-8356

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