New microsatellite loci for the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) were developed from two small insert DNA libraries. Polymorphism at these new loci was examined in domestic birds and two resource populations designed for genetic linkage mapping. The majority of loci (152 of 168) was polymorphic in domestic turkeys and informative in two mapping resource populations and thus will be useful for genetic linkage mapping.
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The authors thank David Harry, Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms for providing blood samples. This research was supported by a grant from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2001-35205-9494). KM Reed is supported in part by a Cargill Research Excellence Fellowship.
- Meleagris gallopavo