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post #11 of 35 Old 11-08-2010, 08:17 PM
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No, selective breeding does not mean in breeding. It means that these animals have been selected due to a certain characteristic and then bred. Any animal in a breedin program is being selectively bred for certain traits. In this case the extra muscle is why these animals have been bred. Maybe somewhere there has been in inbreeding but I highly doubt all of these cows are that closely related.
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very strange!
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No, selective breeding does not mean in breeding. It means that these animals have been selected due to a certain characteristic and then bred. Any animal in a breedin program is being selectively bred for certain traits. In this case the extra muscle is why these animals have been bred. Maybe somewhere there has been in inbreeding but I highly doubt all of these cows are that closely related.
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I was halfway joking ... :) that's why I said hehe

But I just wondered that since it is a mutation or whatever you want to call it... I'm sure it's not that common and it had to have been a bit inbred at least in the beginning. You know what I mean? I'm not sure how to put my thoughts into words..
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I was halfway joking ... :) that's why I said hehe

But I just wondered that since it is a mutation or whatever you want to call it... I'm sure it's not that common and it had to have been a bit inbred at least in the beginning. You know what I mean? I'm not sure how to put my thoughts into words..
Kind of like with Arabians for the swan neck and dished faces and Quarter Horses with the double muscling?

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I mean I'm sure it started with some sort of inbreeding but...less then you might think

Genetic disorders (which is what I would call this situation) are usually a random mutation that has chosen to show itself, sometimes caused by in-breeding, not always. My guess would be that they found a cow like this and bred it to see what would happen. This is where a punnet square comes in with all it's magic and a few generations later the scientists most likely effectively began breeding more and more extra muscly cows. Depending on wether this disorder is sex linked or not would change how much in-breeding is required.

I'm no expert of course but according to my college Bio 100 class...you wouldn't need too much in-breeding to do this, especially if you began with two unrelated or very very distantly related cows to start with.
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Looks tasty!

No, I'm joking, that's actually really cool. I think I saw a show once about a person with a similar genetic problem.
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Oh great so now we're breeding for genetic disorders? Am I the only one who senses that this is a BAD idea?

And also, did the guy in the video say that the bull looks healthy? It looks like it's full of tumours and steroids to me. Not saying it is, but that's certainly what it looks like.
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Well they don't exactly pass on those genetic disorders to whoever will eat them.
Yes it might seem wrong, but not in a world with less and less food and more and more mouths to feed.

I think they're gross too and looking like some alien bodybuilders. But I bet they're tasty :)

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