About the Authors

Ranjit Kumar

Affiliations College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mark L. Lawrence

Affiliations College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America

James Watt

Affiliation Eagle Applied Sciences LLC, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Amanda M. Cooksey

Affiliation Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America

Shane C. Burgess

Affiliation College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

Bindu Nanduri

ranjit58@gmail.com

Affiliations College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States of America

Competing Interests

One of the authors, James Watt, now works at the company Eagle Applied Science. However, when the research work for this manuscript was performed, he was an employee at College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State, Mississippi. Therefore, this does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials. All of the authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SB ML BN. Performed the experiments: JW AMC. Analyzed the data: RK SB ML BN. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RK BN AMC JW ML. Wrote the paper: RK BN SB ML. Wrote the script used for data analysis: RK.