Genetics Australia

Arthrogryposis Multiplex

& the Impact on the Beef Cattle Industry

Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM) is a lethal condition caused by a DNA deletion event within the genome of Angus and Angus-influenced cattle and exhibits a recessive inheritance pattern. Affected calves are known to be still-born with a twisted spine, and extended and contracted limbs.

Click here to read more about the history of AM.

To address this issue, a genetic test has been developed by Dr. Jon Beever at the University of Illinois and is available commercially through Zoetis Genetics.

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