A targeted gene approach to SNP discovery in the White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum).

Christiaan Labuschagne, Antoinette Kotze, J. Paul Grobler, Desire Dalton

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We report the characterization of 10 single
nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for the White
Rhino (Ceratotherium simum), based on a targeted gene
approach. The polymorphisms of these SNP loci were
assessed using a captive population comprising 30 individuals. The minor allele frequency ranged from 0.256 to
0.413 and the observed and expected heterozygosity ranged
from 0.05 to 0.37 and from 0.05 to 0.49, respectively. An
understanding of genetic population structure is required to
effectively formulate strategies for conservation and/or
management. These SNP markers could be employed to
provide estimates of parameters such as population structure, relatedness and current and historical gene flow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-266
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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