About the Authors

Ute Philipp

ute.philipp@tiho-hannover.de

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

Andrea Vollmar

Affiliation Veterinary Clinic for Small Animals, Wissen, Germany

Jens Häggström

Affiliation Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Anne Thomas

Affiliation ANTAGENE, Animal Genetics Laboratory, Limonest, France

Ottmar Distl

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

Competing Interests

AT is the Head of Research and Development at Antagene. 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: UP AV OD. Performed the experiments: UP AT AV. Analyzed the data: UP JH AT AV OD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: UP JH AT AV OD. Wrote the paper: UP OD.