About the Authors

Ivica Medugorac

ivica.medjugorac@gen.vetmed.uni-muenchen.de

Affiliation Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Doris Seichter

Affiliation Tierzuchtforschung e.V. München, Grub, Germany

Alexander Graf

Affiliation Laboratory for Functional Genome Analysis (LAFUGA), Gene Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Ingolf Russ

Affiliation Tierzuchtforschung e.V. München, Grub, Germany

Helmut Blum

Affiliation Laboratory for Functional Genome Analysis (LAFUGA), Gene Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Karl Heinrich Göpel

Affiliation Göpel Genetik GmbH, Herleshausen, Germany

Sophie Rothammer

Affiliation Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Martin Förster

Affiliation Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Stefan Krebs

Affiliation Laboratory for Functional Genome Analysis (LAFUGA), Gene Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have read the journal’s policy and declare the following conflicts: Karl Heinrich Göpel, one of the co-authors, is employed by Göpel Genetik GmbH, a commercial company that kindly provided a significant amount of samples and phenotypic information. However no funding was provided by Göpel Genetik GmbH or other cattle breeding companies, or cattle breeders. In addition, neither cattle breeding companies nor cattle breeders were involved in the study design, analysis and interpretation of data, writing of the paper, or decision to submit for publication. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IM SR MF HB. Performed the experiments: IM SK DS. Analyzed the data: IM SR SK AG DS IR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KHG HB MF. Wrote the paper: IM SR SK DS IR.