About the Authors

Tad S. Sonstegard, Curtis P. Van Tassell, Steven G. Schroeder, Derek Bickhart, Matthew C. McClure
Bovine Functional Genomics, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, United States of America

John B. Cole, Paul M. VanRaden, Daniel J. Null
Animal Improvement Programs Laboratories, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Author

john.cole@ars.usda.gov

Competing Interests

The American Jersey Cattle Association provided funding for genome sequencing. The contribution by scientists in the Animal Improvement Programs and Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratories are supported by appropriated projects 1265-31000-096-00 and 1265-31000-098-00, respectively. 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: TSS PMV CVT. Performed the experiments: SGS DB DJN MCM. Analyzed the data: TSS PMV CVT DJN JBC DB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CVT. Wrote the paper: JBC TSS PMV DJN SGS MCM DB.