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William M Muir

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences
765.494.8032
765.494.9346
LILY Room G-412
915 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Area of Expertise: Breeding and Genetics, Poultry and Aquaculture

Education: A.A., Springfield College; B.S. and M.S., University of Illinois; Ph.D., Purdue University

Research Program and Publications

-- USDA SNP Project (Excel file)
-- Scientists find method to pick non-competitive animals, improve production - Purdue News, February 2007
-- Method of assessing GMO ecological risk developed at Purdue - Purdue News, June 2001
-- Transgenic fish could threaten wild populations - Purdue News, April 2000
-- Questions and answers about transgenic fish - Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Information for Consumers
-- Biotechnology Products at CVM - Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science

Teaching

ANSC 51100 (AGRY/FNR 51100) - Population Genetics
ANSC 61200 - Advanced Population Genetics
 

News Releases

Scientist urges government ruling on genetically engineered salmon - Purdue News, August 2011

Listening to the Animals: Debate over animal welfare escalates - Purdue Agricultures Magazine, Summer 2009

Native birds might restock poultry industry's genetic stock - Purdue News, November 2008

First genomics breeding program to benefit poultry industry - Purdue News, October 2008

Group Dynamics - A new statistical method of determining genetic traits that influence social interactions among animals may make for more productive livestock - Purdue Agricultures Magazine, Summer 2007

Scientists find method to pick non-competitive animals, improve production - Purdue News, February 2007

Happy and passive means more productive animals - Purdue News, August 2005

Genomics Research Promises to Make Hogs Less Piggy - Purdue News, February 2001

Awards & Honors

(2012) Organizing Committee. International Congress of Genetics Scotland.

(2007) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Purdue University.

(2005) Outstanding Graduate Educator (ANSC). Purdue University.

(2001) Distinguished Alumni. Springfield College in Illinios.

(1997) Merck Research Award for Achievement. Poultry Science.

(1996) Animal Well-Being Award. American Poultry Science Association.

Patents

Muir, W. M. (2001). Incorporation of Competitive Effects in Breeding Programs with Full BLUP Selection. U.S. Patent No. P-00014.P1.US. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Muir, W. M. (2001). Incorporation of Competitive Effects in Breeding Programs with Group-Group Selection. U.S. Patent No. P-00014.P2.US. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Muir, W. M. (2001). Incorporation of Competitive Effects in Breeding Programs with Group-Group Selection. U.S. Patent No. P-00014.P3.US. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Muir, W. M. (2013). Transcriptomic analysis of peritoneal cells in a mouse model of sepsis: confirmatory and novel results in early and late sepsis. Bmc Genomics, 13, 141.

Muir, W. M. (2013). Comparison and Contrast of Genes and Biological Pathways Responding to Marek's Disease Virus Infection Using Allele-Specific Expression and Differential Expression in Broiler and Layer Chickens. BMC Genomics, 14, 64-70.

Muir, W. M. (2013). Multilevel selection with kin and non-kin groups, experimental results with Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Evolution, 67, 1598-1606.

Muir, W. M. (2013). Genetics and the Behaviour of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity. In Genetics and the Behaviour of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition. (Vol. 2, pp. 1-30).

Muir, W. M. (2013). Genome-wide analysis of genes associated with moderate and high DDT resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.. Pest Management Science, 69, 930-937.

Muir, W. M. (2013). Point and Counterpoint Policy Forums: Genetically-Engineered Salmon. THE FOOD AND DRUG LAW INSTITUTE, 13, 1. Retrieved from http://www.fdli.org/products-services/publications/food-and-drug-policy-forum

Muir, W. M. (2012). Chicks and single-nucleotide polymorphisms: an entree into identifying genes conferring disease resistance in chicken.. Animal Production Science, 52, 151-156.

Muir, W. M. (2012). Genome-wideidentificationandquantificationofcis-andtrans-regulatedgenesrespondingtoMarek’sdiseasevirusinfectionviaanalysisofallele-specificexpression. Frontiers in Genetics, 2, 1-11.

Muir, W. M. (2012). Genome-wideidentificationandquantificationofcis-andtrans-regulatedgenesrespondingtoMarek’sdiseasevirusinfectionviaanalysisofallele-specificexpression. Frontiers in Genetics., 2, 1-12.

Muir, W. M. (2012). Generation of a multi-locus chicken introgression line to study the effects of genetic interactions on metabolic phenotypes in chickens. Frontiers in Genetics-Genetic Architecture, 3, 1-4.