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Biogeography and Molecular Epidemiology of the PRNP Gene in Kansas

Investigators
Dr. Samantha Wisely
Dr. Mark Stapham
Dr. Jack Cully

Project Supervisor
Dr. Samantha Wisely
Dr. Jack Cully

Funding
U.S. Geological Survey

Location
Kansas
Cooperators
Dr. Lloyd Fox
Completion
September 2008
Objectives

Identify risk factors for the spread of CWD and identify the spatial extent and frequency of the PRNP gene in Kansas White-tailed deer.
Progress and Results

This is an add-on to the CWD study above, and is in progress. The cervid PRNP gene has been identified as a genetic marker for increased risk of infection by CWD. This study will use the same samples to quantify the prevalence and spatial distribution of the PRNP gene in white-tailed deer in Kansas prior to CWD becoming established in the state. My role will be to incorporate the results of genetic analyses into the GIS.

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