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William M Muir

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences
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


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

[Photo credit: Yorktown Technologies]


News Releases

Drink-seeking rats provide sobering look into genetics of alcoholism - Purdue News, August 2016

Purdue animal geneticist available to discuss GMO salmon - Purdue News, November 2015

Evolution in action: Mate competition weeds out GM fish from population - Purdue News, May 2015

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.

Selected Publications

Muir, W. M., Lossie, A., Lo, C., Timm, F., Liu, Y., Whitney, G., & Zhou, F. (2014). Implications of genomic signatures in the differential vulnerability to fetal alcohol exposure in C57BL/6 and DBA/2 mice. Front. Genet, doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00173. Retrieved from http://doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00173

Muir, W. M., Bijma, P., & Ellen, E. (2014). Response to Commentary on "Examples of overlooking common sense solutions:the domestication gene and selection against mortality. Front. Genet.,, 30-Sep-14. Retrieved from http://doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00173

Muir, W. M., Chang, C., Cheng, H., Delany, M., & Brugmann, S. (2014). The cellular and molecular etiology of the craniofacial defects in the avian ciliopathic mutant, talpid. Development, 141, 3003-3012. Retrieved from http:// doi:10.1242/dev.105924

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). Genetics and the Behaviour of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity. In Genetics and the Behaviour of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition. (2, 30-Jan). Academic Press.

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

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. (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. (2012). A Fast and Efficient Approach for Genomic Selection with High-Density Markers. G3 Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 2, 1179-1184.

Department of Animal Sciences, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4808

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