& the Impact on the Beef Cattle Industry
Osteopetrosis (OS) is a lethal genetic defect caused by a recessive mutation that affects Red Angus cattle. Affected calves are most often born 10 – 30 days premature and dead; those born alive will live for less than 24 hours and have a short lower jaw and impacted molars. The long bones on the affected calves are fragile and can be broken with ease. The gene is inherited as a simple recessive.
Zoetis Genetics is now offering a diagnostic test for the genetic condition Osteopetrosis (OS). The gene mutation responsible for OS has been identified and a diagnostic test has been developed and validated in collaboration with Dr. Jon Beever at the University of Illinois and a number of organisations.