Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH) is a lethal disorder linked to a genetic condition caused by a recessive mutation that affects Angus and Angus-influenced cattle. Affected calves are born dead with an extremely large cranium with little or no brain material or spinal cord. It is probable that a large percentage of mortalities relating to NH occur through embryonic or fetal loss during gestation, which causes the defect to go misdiagnosed or unnoticed.
A diagnostic test for NH developed by Dr. Jon Beever at the University of Illinois, in collaboration with Dr. David Steffen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the American Angus Association, is now available commercially through Zoetis Genetics.
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