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10 October 2013 Review: Genetics of helminth resistance in sheep
Niel A. Karrow, Katherine Goliboski, Nancy Stonos, Flavio Schenkel, Andrew Peregrine
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Karrow, N. A., Goliboski, K., Stonos, N., Schenkel, F. and Peregrine, A. 2014. Review: Genetics of helminth resistance in sheep. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 94: 1-9. Gastrointestinal helminth parasites are an important source of economic loss to sheep producers. A rapid increase in anthelmintic resistance has occurred around the globe; therefore, the industry is exploring alternative strategies such as genetic selection to control losses attributed to helminth infection. Since helminths have co-evolved with sheep for millions of years, natural selection for enhanced helminth resistance has occurred within certain breeds from various parts of the world. These breeds of sheep are being used to better understand the genetic aspects of helminth resistance. If the genetic variants that contribute to this phenotype can be identified, it may be possible to use selection strategies to introduce resistance alleles into other breeds or to increase their frequency within breeds. This review will provide an up-to-date overview of the pathology of helminth disease, the immune response to helminth infection, and the search for genes that confer helminth resistance.

Niel A. Karrow, Katherine Goliboski, Nancy Stonos, Flavio Schenkel, and Andrew Peregrine "Review: Genetics of helminth resistance in sheep," Canadian Journal of Animal Science 94(1), 1-9, (10 October 2013).
Received: 5 March 2013; Accepted: 1 October 2013; Published: 10 October 2013

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