About the Authors

Anne Wöhlke

Affiliation Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Ute Philipp

Affiliation Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Patricia Bock

Affiliation Department of Pathology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Andreas Beineke

Affiliation Department of Pathology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Peter Lichtner

Affiliation Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Human Genetics, Neuherberg, Germany

Thomas Meitinger

Affiliations Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Human Genetics, Neuherberg, Germany, Technische Universität München, Institute of Human Genetics, München, Germany

Ottmar Distl

ottmar.distl@tiho-hannover.de

Affiliation Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: OD AW UP. Performed the experiments: AW UP PL. Analyzed the data: OD AW PL TM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AW OD UP PB AB PL TM. Wrote the paper: OD AW. Pathological examinations: PB AB.