Texas A&M Researchers Develop Comprehensive Genetic Map For Bison, Discover Gene Responsible For Albinism

A research team led by scientists from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) has developed the most comprehensive genome yet for the North American bison, bringing the animal’s genetic roadmap up to date with the latest genome sequencing technology. In doing so, the research team also discovered the gene responsible […]

New Research Documents Domestic Cattle Genetics In Modern Bison Herds

A new study published in Scientific Reports has revealed the strongest evidence to date that all bison in North America carry multiple small, but clearly identifiable, regions of DNA that originated from domestic cattle. In the study, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) researchers, led by Drs. James Derr and Brian […]

Texas A&M Lion Genetics Study Uncovers Major Consequences Of Habitat Fragmentation

Over the course of only a century, humanity has made an observable impact on the genetic diversity of the lion population. That’s the conclusion of a recently published study in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution by Drs. Caitlin Curry and James Derr, from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). […]

Herman, Derr Honored with College-Level AFS Teaching Awards

The Texas A&M Association of Former Students (AFS) has recognized two Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) faculty members as recipients of 2019 college-level Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching. Dr. Cheryl Herman, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS), and Dr. James Derr, a professor in […]

CVM Geneticists Find Zambia Lion Populations Intermingle, Cross ‘Uninhabitable’ Land

The study, published in PLoS One, will be used to help with lion conservation and wildlife management in and around the southern, African country. DNA evidence suggests that modern lions, as a species, originated in the Republic of Zambia, a u-shaped country in southern Africa known for its rugged terrain and diverse wildlife. Today, Zambia […]


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